Today, 8th March 2019, is this year’s International Day for women, with the theme “Balance for Better” is a day specially set aside to highlight the importance of women and their effort in our world.
One phenomenal woman, who has always been an advocate of feminism, gender equality and human write, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has not spared her word in anyways to ensure that the fight for a world where every woman is valued is not compromised.
Chimamanda Adichie, a writer, novelist, speaker, is known for being vocal in her quest to express the view of every right-thinking human being on women and their right. The award-winning writer would forever have her worked inscribed on the wall of history forever.
For you to understand the value of women, Station Magazine decided to put together some quotes by the super-woman.
Here are some of the quotes by Chimamanda Adichie on women rights, gender equality and feminism.
- Never ever accept ‘Because You Are A Woman’ as a reason for doing or not doing anything.
- I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.
- Teach her never to universalize her own standards or experiences. Teach her that her standards are for her alone, and not for other people. This is the only necessary form of humility: the realization that difference is normal.
- Some men feel threatened by the idea of feminism. This comes, I think, from the insecurity triggered by how boys are brought up, how their sense of self-worth is diminished if they are not ‘naturally’ in charge as men.
- But here is a sad truth: Our world is full of men and women who do not like powerful women. We have been so conditioned to think of power as male that a powerful woman is an aberration. And so she is policed. We ask of powerful women: Is she humble? Does she smile? Is she grateful enough? Does she have a domestic side? Questions we do not ask of powerful men, which shows that our discomfort is not with power itself, but with women. We judge powerful women more harshly than we judge powerful men. And Feminism Lite enables th
- I am angry. Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change, but in addition to being angry, I’m also hopeful because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to make and remake themselves for the better.
- The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
- Our society teaches a woman at a certain age who is unmarried to see it as a deep personal failure. While a man at a certain age who is unmarried has not quite come around to making his pick.
- We teach girls shame; close your legs, cover yourself, we make them feel as though by being born female they’re already guilty of something.
- Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.
- Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.
- The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.
- All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women.
- The idea that sex is something a woman gives a man, and she loses something when she does that, which again for me is nonsense. I want us to raise girls differently where boys and girls start to see sexuality as something that they own, rather than something that a boy takes from a girl.
- You have to do more than go there and adopt a child or show us pictures of children with flies in their eyes. That simplifies Africa.