Book Review: Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adich

To the moms who are out there almost ready to deliver their next baby... Kudos to you! I am at 34 weeks pregnant and I feel like a train wreck! Sleeping comfortably has become a chore, eating as healthy as I can went down the drain, because all I really want is a McDonald’s cheeseburger, my emotions are pretty much on a roller coaster ride and on top of everything else I haven't highlighted on, I have a very lovable, but high energy toddler running around singing “The Wheels on the Bus” at the top of his lungs. All in all, my husband keeps reassuring me that I am almost done – bless his heart!

With this being my second pregnancy, I find it completely mind boggling that my first one was a breeze compared to this one. It's definitely not easy carrying a baby in your tummy for what seems like years really, but it is amazing how women’s bodies naturally just adjust to it. It got me thinking about how much a woman can go through if she chooses to, but mostly, it got me really thinking about how strong a woman can be.

No, this is not a pregnancy blog, but it is an important message of woman empowerment. I can’t stress how important being a woman and standing up for your rights as one is. Not as much as before, but gender equality is still an issue in this world. A woman is still looked at as a “house wife” and a man, “the provider.” That needs to change. I have always been an advocate for women who believe in pursing their dreams – even if that means stepping into “a man’s world.” A man’s world doesn’t exist, it’s been created and falsely represented. This world is a woman’s world as much as a man’s and Award-Winning and Bestseller Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, explains this exceptionally well.

My sister-in-law passed along to me Chimamanda's book "Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions" to read while I solemnly relax in the last weeks of my pregnancy. This time around, my husband and I are expecting a girl and so, my sister-in-law thought this would be the perfect read before our little one is born – it definitely was.

Being a huge bookie, Chimamanda's book definitely falls into my top 5 favourites. Chimamanda's friend who has a daughter contacts Chimamanda in hopes of finding some inspiration on how to raise her daughter a feminist. Chimamanda, having publicly spoken about feminism, has 15 encouraging suggestions for her friend on how to do this. Chimamanda's suggestions are incredibly real, touching on every aspect of feminism from being a full person, gender roles to important issues like a sense of identity. She discusses many recommendations that are over looked on a daily basis when you are a female.

After reading this book I feel empowered to teach my daughter about feminism. I feel like I can teach my daughter how to go out in the world and have opinions that come from a broad-minded place with kindness. With that said, I also feel like I, as a mother, am ready to talk to her openly about anything. I'm not going to lie, I literally finished this whole book during my toddler's 2 hour nap and once I reached the end, I only wanted to read more.

Chimamanda has an amazing way of making a reader feel encouraged and I recommend any woman to read this book and be inspired to apply these suggestions to their daily lives.

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