[Mini] Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Synopsis:

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.


I loved this book. It’s a super quick read that showcases why we need feminism including some of the following:

  • Misconceptions of feminism
  • Lilly Ledbetter Law
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Sexual Double Standards
  • Toxic Masculinity
  • Slut Shaming
  • Rape Culture

That’s just to name a few. The book is only 50 pages or you can watch her Ted Talk on the topic.

While I did really enjoy this book, I still don’t actually support Adichie as a feminist. We agree on almost everything but her “feminism” is exclusive of the trans community. It’s actually pretty ironic because in the book she says that ideas of gender need to evolve yet she says that transgender women have male privilege. That was something at the back of mind the entire time that I was reading this and while I do recommend the book, I really can’t give her credit for much else.

4 out of 5 stars.


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Hi! I'm Rae. 23. Avid Reader, Book Blogger. Intersectional Feminist. Gryffindor.
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5 Responses to [Mini] Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists

  1. ashley says:

    I learned about this from Beyonce’s song Flawless!

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  2. I loved this book, but I had no idea she said that about the trans community.

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  3. thebookcorps says:

    I’ve heard about some of her remarks about the trans community and it was very disheartening to hear. I read this essay not too long ago and loved it, but like you, I had those comments at the back of my head the entire time. It’s very upsetting to know that someone like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a very flawed view of feminism. Great review Rae!

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