“Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists
We’re kicking off Women’s History Month by highlighting Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chimamanda grew up in Nigeria and moved to America at age 19 to pursue her education. She advocates for gender equality through her novels as well as her TED talks, and breaks down the concept of feminism in a powerful and digestible way. She also shines a light onto the experience of being a Nigerian woman who has moved to America, offering a unique perspective of American society due to the intersections of her identity. If you are interested in learning more, we recommend We Should All Be Feminists as a starting point.
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