We should all be feminists

Feminism is the new buzz word on campus. In light of all the recent debates, I though it was important to remind ourselves of what feminism means, and why we should be fighting for it. Here’s a brilliant speech by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston, which became more widely publicised after Beyoncé used an excerpt from it in her song, Flawless: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc.

Chimamandi Ngozi Adichie

Some further information about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: she is a renowned Nigerian novelist and was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction, and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2009, her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck was published. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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