Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (audiobook)

1.0 hrs • 1 CD • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Social Science
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 03/07/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/07/17 9780525494683
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From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter to a friend.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions—compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive—for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

Review Quotes

“A volume as fierce and illuminating as bringing up a confident daughter, both with love at their core.”

“January LaVoy’s narration of this short work is intentional, assertively warm, and grounded…The author offers fifteen suggestions; it’s LaVoy’s job to deliver them with decisive clarity. And she hits the mark.”


“Adichie epitomizes and epistolizes our potential in Dear Ijeawele.

Vanity Fair

“Her advice is not only to…empower boys and girls to understand there is no single way to be—but also to understand that the only universal in this world is difference.”

Guardian (London)

“Adichie’s suggestions are logical and stated clearly, full of her dry wit, and range from the obvious to the bold….Powerful and life-affirming, offering wisdom for everyone.”

Village Voice