ROWENNA BOOK CLUB: Dear Ijeawele, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The clock in the living room had just rung 4 o’clock. Chizalum was now asleep again, and Ijeawele was contemplating her, her head full of uncertainities. Since she gave birth, she was worried. Worried for her child's future, worried for her happiness. Worried that her daughter, the magnificent and lively baby she was holding in her arms would have to go through the same life she lived, oppressed by their society’s patriarchy.
She delicately settled the baby girl back in her cradle and opened her laptop. For the Xth time, she opened Chimananda’s email and read it. Dear Ijeawele, a Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions. Fifteen suggestions her childhood friend adressed her to answer her newly mom’s doubts.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a young nigerian author, who is not afraid to raise her voice about some disturbing truths about today’s society. Dear Ijeawele, her email to her friend transposed into a book, is her last published work.
This short book is not only beautifully written masterpiece, blaming patriarchy’s flaws and raising some unbeatable feminist arguments. But its reading is also a necessary step for everyone to understand what feminism exactly is and why we all need it. We need it because we need to know how gender roles are influencing us and how to fight them (third suggestion). Parents need this book to remember to educate their child together (second suggestion). Little girls need this book to stop « waiting for their prince charming » (seventh suggestion). Women, men, girls, boys, grand-parents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters, everybody needs feminism.
If you're still not convinced that you need feminism and that you need to read the book, here are some of my favorite quotes:
Elise Dottrens, march 2019