What all started with a TEDxEuston talk in 2012 has now resulted in the widespread distribution of a book on feminism.
According to The Washington Post, Americanah and Half a Yellow Sun author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most recent title, We Should All Be Feminists, will be distributed to 16-year-old girls across Sweden.
The 64-page book is an adapted essay of her 2012 TEDxEuston talk — the talk that eventually found its way into Beyoncé’s “***Flawless.” Her now-famous speech, which has now been viewed over 2.3 million times on Youtube, defined a feminist as “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”
The Washington Post reports that Adichie filmed a Youtube video for her new Swedish readers, explaining why she is passionate about feminism.
“For me, feminism is about justice,” she offered. “I’m a feminist because I want to live in a world that is more just. I’m a feminist because I want to live in a world where a woman is never told that she can or cannot or should or should not do anything because she is a woman. I want to live in a world where men and women are happier. Where they are not constrained by gender roles. I want to live in a world where men and women are truly equal. And that’s why I’m a feminist.”
In reflecting on when she was 16, Adichie said that she didn’t know the meaning of feminism, but she now recognizes that she was a feminist then, even without understanding the word’s meaning. Expressing her hopes for the 16-year-olds in Sweden who will be reading her book, she said, “I hope that the 16-year-olds that will read this book in Sweden will also decide that they’re feminists. Mostly, I hope very soon that one day we will not need to be feminists. Because we will live in a world that is truly just and equal.”
This initiative will move over 100,000 of We Should All Be Feminists to secondary schools across Sweden, says The Washington Post. Adichie’s publisher, Johanna Haegerstrom, tweeted her excitement over the project, adding, “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explains why feminism could make us all happier. Not just women.”