Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s wonderful little nugget of a book We Should All Be Feminists is based on a TEDx presentation she gave in 2012. I read it in an hour and liked it all very much. I am not going to recap her argument because I could not do it as simply and elegantly as she has already laid it out. Go read it for yourself. Like I said, it only took me an hour.
There are many great quotes in the book; there are only 50 pages and I have a flag on nearly every one of them. But I am going to share the one I think is the most profound and has the most resonance for me at this point in time:
The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.
But don’t stop there. Say something. Do something. Be the change.