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Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivers a manifesto layered with wit and human understanding. This 2012 talk became the basis for Adichie’s essay We Should All Be Feminists, which has become a cultural touchstone globally. Adichie both powerfully calls out the injustice of gender norms and details a solution. getAbstract suggests that individuals of any nationality, generation or gender can learn from her lecture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why men and women alike should embrace the label of “feminist,”
  • How oppressive gender norms are keeping people from attaining the joy of authenticity, and
  • How to remake and evolve the culture.

About the Speaker

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author. Her works include Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah.



Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is familiar with the negative connotations associated with feminism. Various people have informed her that feminists are miserable because they can’t attract husbands or that only Westerners are feminists. Thus, Adichie began calling herself a “happy African feminist” to offset the term’s undesirable undertones. Though some have tried to convince Adichie that sexism was obsolete, her experiences proved otherwise. Women outnumber men, yet men disproportionately “rule the world.” Male leadership made sense in bygone ages when physical prowess was crucial to survival. But leadership...

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