Review: We Should All Be Feminists.

In this short essay adapted from her TEDx Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beautifully explains what it means to be a feminist. Drawing from her own experience as well as the experiences of friends, Adichie uses personal anecdotes to illustrate why feminism is still relevant and needed – to make the world a better place for all of us.

Part of the beauty of We Should All Be Feminists lies in its simplicity. You don’t need to fear tripping over complicated words – Adichie’s words flow as smoothly as warm honey.
She relays her thoughts on the issue in such a personal and conversational manner, this doesn’t feel like an essay. Reading this doesn’t feel like a lecture – it feels like a friendly conversation with someone you know. Everyone can read this. Everyone should read this.

Some people will bring up evolutionary biology and apes, how female apes bow to male apes – that sort of thing. But the point is this: we are not apes. Apes also live in trees and eat earthworms. We do not.


Recommended to really absolutely everyone. It’s also just 48 pages long, so what are you waiting for?

final rating:


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We Should All Be Feminists.
published by Anchor on February 3rd 2015
48 pages
ISBN: 110191176X


Have you read this essay? What did you think? Are you planning to read it?
Tell me in the comments!

25 thoughts on “Review: We Should All Be Feminists.

    • Glad you agree! Someone told me in the comments of my last post that they heard Sweden wanted to make it so. I looked it up and found newspaper articles announcing a project in which they were planning to (or did?) give a copy to every 16 year old at Swedish high schools 😀

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  1. I have thought about reading this many times, but each time convinced myself I should watch the TEDx talking instead, only to flip my opinion in a never ending cycle– leading to my never reading or listening to it. Oops!
    It sounds like I should change that immediately.

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    • You can always still watch the Tedx Talk after reading it – or the other way around 😛 i think it really depends on personal preference – as to which medium you prefer. Reading should be the faster option though! 48 pages is even misleading, because the book is small and the font decently sized. I didn’t look at the time when I read this, but I’m sure it takes half the time of the TEDx talk if even 😀

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    • I unfortunately haven’t gotten around to reading any of her novels, but they are definitely on my list! I keep hearing so many good things about her writing, too, so I’m really looking forward to finally reading one of her novels!


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