1. March 20, 2017 / 12:50 am

    You are a phenomenal woman, Chynna! The older I get, the more I see about how us women are sometimes held back because of our gender. We can actually do more and make the world a better place. There are some parts of the world where they are not as fortunate to have the same rights – and that’s something that needs to be taken care of. It’s great that you’re trying to take the initiative to become more informed!

    I do agree that we want equal rights for everybody! Your mom is a gem for teaching you how to be a proper woman. Kudos to her! Glad that you’re feeling empowered to be educated and educate others about feminism! I’m looking forward to it :)!

  2. March 20, 2017 / 10:41 am

    I love this! I, too, didn’t know about feminism at a young age because we were taught of gender roles very early on. My parents insist I do the chores instead of my brother because they are a “woman’s task.” I had to find out feminism on my own, and firstly through Beyonce’s Flawless, where Chimamanda’s speech was sampled. Since then, I’ve surrounded myself with friends who are feminists/woke too 😊 I’m glad to have found a feminist friend online, since most of my friends irl are too!
    I’m so jealous you’ve heard Chimamanda speak so many times!
    I hope to read more on this series, keep up the great work ❤

  3. Tilewa
    March 20, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I loved this and wanted more.. why did it end??..tell us more! but i will wait and look forward to the future posts x

  4. March 20, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Sounds like a really great experience. I never got too into it, but I guess it is something more women should pay attention to.

  5. March 20, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    I really should read more of her work! I’ve only read her mini-book, which is really a transcription of her Ted Talk. Do you have a particular favorite out of all the works she’s written? But yeah. I’m so jealous you got to hear her speak! It sounds like it was an amazing experience! It’s great that you’re wanting and becoming more aware of feminist issue and that you’re surrounded by amazing and supportive women.

    I think sometimes it’s difficult to be the ones to start these kinds of conversations (at least in my own personal experience), so it’s awesome that you’re wanting to be able to participate in more of these kinds of conversations with others.

  6. March 22, 2017 / 7:50 am

    I didn’t learn about feminism until I was 18 and read Caitlin Morgan’s How to be a Woman, which seems so strange now that it’s mentioned everywhere. I can’t imagine not knowing now.

    I was lucky that I was brought up to think of myself as equal. My dad constantly dressed me and my sister in overalls to help him fix cars, and my parents didn’t ever give me jobs to do based on my gender alone. Sadly, that’s not the same for everyone though.

    I’ll definitely have to read her books. My to-read like is so long (still not got into White Teeth yet) but they sound great. And looking forward to this series. Definitely very important and something that interests me!

  7. March 24, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Growing up, I didn’t think I was a feminist either. I think part of it was the people who made feminists look like men-haters (when we’re really not), and the other part was that I was fortunate to have parents that encouraged me in STEM fields. They didn’t see them as “men only” subjects and were supportive of me going into Computer Science. As I got older, I began hearing more stories about women inequality, and now I definitely consider myself a feminist.

    I also see feminism as the opportunity to have a choice and without being shamed for it, and this applies for both men and women. I don’t think some men realize that feminism benefits them too. Men shouldn’t be shamed for being stay-at-home dads, and women shouldn’t be shamed for deciding to work or their work choices. Men shouldn’t be shamed for being emotional, and women shouldn’t be shamed for being confident. Feminism fights for equal opportunity, rights, and treatment.

    I’m glad that you’ve had strong women to support you in your life! I also haven’t heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but now I’m interested in looking up her works. That’s awesome that you’ve seen her speak twice now! I will have to look into her new book!

  8. March 25, 2017 / 7:47 am

    What a fantastic post, Chynna! I love how you’ve discovered feminism and what it means to you. It’s great that you have so many supportive people in your life. Females do tend to get the short end of the stick, so it’s great when we stick up for each other. I’m sort of a feminist, and while I can see the injustices faced by women (and men in some aspects) I just want all of us to be equal in the long run. Equal rights is needed for everyone regardless of gender, race, culture, and et cetera.

    For me, feminism also means that we can be who we want regardless of being a girl. I have a long rant about that, but I’ll save that for some other time, haha! Don’t want to flood your comments with my rant XD

    I love how this book has helped you be more aware. Even better that you got to meet the writer at the event. It’s wonderful that you’re being empowered to explore feminism and what it means 🙂 I didn’t even know who Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was until you wrote this, so thank you for educating me and the others about her ^^

  9. March 26, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    This is really amazing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and expressing them in such a special way. I am really glad you were able to hear Chimamanda speak again. It’s wonderful that it was really special this time. 🙂

    If only the majority of people could see that it was all for equality. Not saying, one person, is better than the other. I guess that can be a scary change and adjustment for some. 🙁

  10. April 9, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I really enjoy reading about the experiences of women of colour – women like you, who have a feminist stand in life because of the position of non-white women in society. 🙂

    I personally feel like what makes me a phenomenal woman is not just how my mum brought me up, but the people I have surrounded myself with. It’s so important for women to get the support they need, and you can do no better than having a mother figure and a bunch of supportive friends.

    The opportunity to listen to Chimamanda present/speak sounds like an amazing one, even though it was not your first time. I guess overcoming the “fangirl-ness”, you were able to see her with a refreshed sort of clarity and even more respect. I’ve also found that not a lot of feminism-related material on the internet is relevant to me because, well, as you said, I’m not white. It is so valuable to hear from someone who you can relate to and who can open your eyes in such a way. 💖

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