How to Raise a Feminist Daughter
When I first received “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I didn’t expect much from such a tiny publication. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and now I would like to add and its size. This book might be tiny but it’s sharp, eye-opening and right to the point. It’s an essence of feminism and a great suggestion on how the next generation should be raised.
I wasn’t raised to be a feminist, I was raised to be a good girl – obedient, quiet, and nice to everyone. Chimamanda wrote about everything I was missing and inspired me to give my inner feminist more self-esteem and power. What’s more, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” gave me many new insights and highlighted some old knowledge in a new contemporary way. So I decided to illustrate five suggestions I loved most. They might seem very simple and even basic, but fully incorporating them into my lifestyle became a great task. I hope it will inspire others to grow their inner feminists as well.
Encourage her to do sports
Never tell her that she should or shouldn't do something because she is a girl
Talk to her about sex
Teach her to read
Teach her to reject likeability