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‘Dear Ijeawele’ and Teaching Girls to Love Books (Review)

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What does it take to raise your daughter to be a feminist? Writer and feminist scholar, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was asked this question by a close friend and transformed her response into the newly released book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Adichie’s sage advice is absent of the tradition loaded in most motherly words of wisdom. Instead, Dear Ijeawele promotes the progressive mindset necessary for raising the next generation of women to be true feminists. The book lays out 15 suggestions that range from handling romantic relationships to addressing double standards. Of all the recommendations, rich with stories from Adichie’s experiences as a girl, the one I found most powerful was to teach her to love books. As a young child, books…

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