Nigerian author and renowned feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was speaking with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards at the Women in the World Summit in New York City.
The outspoken pioneer celebrated women and gave her ideas of the long time shackles still holding the female back while weighing in her thoughts on the new wave of feminism.
We share a few takes from the talk but click the video by Women in the World to watch her speak.
On Rejecting Likeability
“There’s a terrible dangerous cultural mindset that says to women, you need to be liked. It’s nice to be liked, men want to be liked, but it’s the idea that women need it. Women who are sexually assaulted, they’re afraid of coming out about it because they’re afraid of not being liked. I want girls to reject likeability.”
Reject ‘Feminism Lite’
‘Feminism Lite’ is “the idea of conditional female equality. It’s that you’re not equal to a man, a woman’s wellbeing depends on the benevolence of a man. “That’s more dangerous than not being a feminist, I think.”
Change the way we think about masculinity
“We need to deconstruct the way we think about masculinity and femininity,” adds Adichie. “Feminism is for men, too. Masculinity is also a cage that limits men — what if we raised them to think of masculinity as very different? What if we raised them to be ashamed of macho behaviour?”
Teach your kids to stand up and fight
“Feminism cannot be a passive identity,” adds Adichie, “It has to be something we stand up and fight for.”