Takeaways from We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Ted Talk|

  • Feminist means a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi speaks about how unfairly women are treated with respect to men in Nigeria.
  • She speaks about her experiences that she has faced in Nigeria and how she would like people to respect women and pay equal attention to them as men
  • She talks about Lilly Ledbetter law, which is about a man & a woman doing the same job, being equally qualified, and the man being paid more because he's a man.
  • Earlier, men were treated according to their physical strength but situations have changed, physical strength is not important for the survival of the species.
  • The person likely to lead is not the physically stronger person; it is the creative person, the intelligent person & there are no hormones for those attributes.
  • She talks about the waiters asking her annoying questions when she is not accompanied by men, this thing upsets and affects her deeply as she is as human as man
  • She talks about her dreams about a plan for a different world, a fairer world, a world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves.
  • Boys are caged in masculinity, teach them to mask their true selves and protect it. We ask them to be hard, is that we leave them with very fragile egos.
  • We do greater disservice to girls because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of men.We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.
  • She talks about how women are being pressured to marry as they are judged as personal failure. And an unmarried man is judged as to not having a perfect pick.
  • The language of marriage is often the language of ownership rather than the language of partnership.
  • When a woman says, "I did it for peace in my marriage," she's usually talking about giving up a job, a dream, a career.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi talks about how happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn't have the weight of gender expectations.
  • Gender matters. Men and women experience the world differently. Gender colors the way we experience the world. But that can be CHANGED.
  • Culture does not make people, people make culture. The fact that the humanity of women is not our culture, then we must make it our culture, as it is changing.
  • She concludes her talk with,"Yes, there's a problem with gender as it is today, and we must fix it. We must do better."

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