We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston

  • Published on Apr 12, 2013
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    www.tedxeuston.com Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction. Chimamanda is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction; and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2009, her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck was published. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She currently divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
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  • Dreizehn
    Dreizehn Hour ago

    Excuse me screaming but I FUCKIN LOVE THIS

  • Rajalekshmi Rajendran
    Rajalekshmi Rajendran 8 hours ago


  • joana-grace Bapa
    joana-grace Bapa 13 hours ago +1

    I love when she gives speeches , ever since my teacher told us to watch " single story" I keep watching her video.

  • Dolapo Makindipe
    Dolapo Makindipe 15 hours ago

    The thanking your hubby for doing things for the home and the kids beats me. so many thing women don't get a "thank you" for. I had that argument with my husband once and he saw sense in it. Since then, the thank yous i "had" to say or be programmed to say reduced. Being a woman, especially is hard.

  • Jason Evers Herbert

    Not “should” ! Could .... besides feminism is just an “ism” like other “ism’s” I want to see a movement for men that men have started & supported. Men & women are not the same. In Africa the attitudes towards women are fraught so I am very interested in what this fine writer has to say. 🙏🌟

  • Ms Dee Sibs
    Ms Dee Sibs Day ago +1

    You are an eye opener, you mentioned so many things that we have become so accustomed to that they have become normal

  • Basetsana Mogale

  • Hallyu O
    Hallyu O 2 days ago +3

    I've finally found someone who understands my anger. It really breaks my heart that a lot of women just accept that. As long as I am alive, I will keep fighting

  • Rukhshanda Rehman
    Rukhshanda Rehman 2 days ago +1

    Wow. I wish to meet her one day. Amazing lady :)

  • Dapo Adama
    Dapo Adama 2 days ago

    She really needs to go and read her bible then it may become clearer to her that there can be equality in attitude and the way people look at both male and female but the fact that God has assigned certain rolls to both genders

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  • Cassandra Steingo
    Cassandra Steingo 3 days ago

    “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller, we say to girls you can have ambition- but not too much, you should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man” - Chimanda Ngozi. What a powerhouse, her simplicity in explaining this was immaculate.

  • Marcie Davis
    Marcie Davis 5 days ago


  • Sabina Skopje
    Sabina Skopje 7 days ago +3

    The best speech on this topic ever
    The most amazing woman
    Love her talks, looks and books

  • Joy Wanakwanyi
    Joy Wanakwanyi 7 days ago

    I disagree. I don’t think all women should be feminists. It will force men to turn into women (helpless)

  • Olivera Spasic
    Olivera Spasic 7 days ago

    I love how she says "the problem with GENDER"; the word that has so much protection nowadays people are afraid to use it. As much as people hate the word feminism they love the word gender. And gender in its essence is the most controversial culprit for many many sorrow in the world.

  • Brianna martinez
    Brianna martinez 8 days ago


  • Amechi Obi
    Amechi Obi 9 days ago

    I once heard a talk of hers on one sided story...this talk is a one sided talk....from a female perspective...from hers....I lost it when she said women are taught to marry...she doesn't realise that everything she described about the upbringing of a man is preparing him for marriage and taking care of a family...men are taught to be strong, to show no emotions cos of the responsibility that lies ahead in taking care of a family...he will face so many challenges and he needs to be strong...this is the problem I have with modern feminism...it focuses on women attacking men but still not understanding why men exist in the first place...wanting male privileges but not knowing such 'privileges' come with a heavy price...what annoys me is that many ladies are buying into this nonsensical views nd making an already hard world for a man, harder.

  • Spawny Chancer
    Spawny Chancer 9 days ago

    "Women are instinctively attuned to selective pressures, and when a woman sees foreign people flooding in and people seemingly powerless to stop it, her limbic system starts to presume that selective pressures favor some gene or genes in the former and starts to think about acquiring those genes for her own offspring, especially since those genes are going to confer immunities to diseases and pathologies that the foreign people are likely to bring along with them that the natives aren't going to be immune to."

    -Donald Trump

  • Wacu Ndirangu
    Wacu Ndirangu 10 days ago +1

    2019 anyone? 🖐
    How are you fairing *in* *feminism* 7years after this powerful talk?

  • inesta 987
    inesta 987 11 days ago


  • Joy Emeh
    Joy Emeh 13 days ago

    Even d 'bottom power' self; na men dey even use am pass.

  • UG- LEE
    UG- LEE 14 days ago

    *You wake up FLAWLESS*

  • Rita English
    Rita English 14 days ago

    Great speech!

  • CameraemusicTV
    CameraemusicTV 15 days ago +1

    Beyonce brought me here. Great one!!!

  • stop it, no
    stop it, no 15 days ago +1

    the only type of men i hate is sexist ones i don’t hate men who are just gentlemen who open the door for you or be nice i hate men who touch women’s butts when not asked to

    • Josh Sasher
      Josh Sasher 12 days ago

      Feminists want neither and equate the 2 actions as equally condescending and further want all Womanhood to believe or at least act like they do.

  • gregimport
    gregimport 18 days ago

    Don't tuch sh++t and you won't smell like it. Just let feminism fale like it ment to. Just a new hip thing for now

  • Joshua McCarthy
    Joshua McCarthy 19 days ago

    Brilliant speech

  • Anonymous226
    Anonymous226 20 days ago

    More Zionist nwo propaganda for the indoctrinated sheeple.

  • Russell Johnson
    Russell Johnson 20 days ago

    I was accused of predatory behavior I got scared because I’m not a predator but man have I learned a lot. I’m determined to learn from this’s and I’m deeply sorry for being so blind for all these yrs. My kids n everybody around me will know of these struggles and they will respect women because of the way they’re going to be raised. I will never forget this feeling. I promise you that 🙏🏿

    • Chef Slap
      Chef Slap 17 days ago

      Russell Johnson what did you do that was predatory?

  • Olumuyiwa okunola
    Olumuyiwa okunola 20 days ago +1

    Chimamanda is deep.

  • Charity Doeses
    Charity Doeses 21 day ago

    Beyoncé been knowing bruhhh😭

  • urfa sarmad
    urfa sarmad 22 days ago +1

    What an amazing speech. ✨❤️
    More power to you, thank you for being so inspirational. ✨

  • Aishwarya Jayadas
    Aishwarya Jayadas 22 days ago +1

    I paused & pondered over each of the examples she mentioned, I could actually relate to that. In some or the other way in my life or in the lives of people around me I have observed the same things. No matter how much people ignore, the truth is, inequality still exits. We need to stand up and take actions wisely. Nurture our younger generations - boys and girls as equal in true sense.

  • bland Dan
    bland Dan 23 days ago

    Feminism says it's fighting for equality and giving women a chance which focuses on genders
    Egalitarians says they want equality not just for men and women, but for everyone to be given a chance
    Sorry if the comment angers anyone

  • le ya
    le ya 24 days ago

    I don't need a title to believe in equality.

  • Top
    Top 26 days ago

    What she said was the truth but Igbos are gonna reject her for this mentality sadly but I pray that Igbos people will get to understand what this truly means.

  • Bobs Vegana
    Bobs Vegana 26 days ago +2

    Modern feminism= female patriarchy
    Old feminism= Equality

  • Taylor-ann Hankin
    Taylor-ann Hankin 27 days ago +1

    Watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is absolutley amazing, she always says what everyone else feels but is to scared to say. Feminism is something that still exists to this day, my whole life it has been boys can do more then girls, boys are stronger then girls although it couldn't be any further from the truth. Sometimes you don't even realise when the issue is occurring. Being treated as a lessor just for being born on to this earth as a female is not right and we should all stand up for ourselves just as Chimamanda does to help them see we are all born to be equal.

  • Think Panther
    Think Panther 29 days ago

    Feminism is going way beyond the line now
    And demanding equality of outcome
    And the original plight was equality of opportunity, which is what is available everywhere right now
    And right now, men are being guilt tripped for being male
    This erupts an increase in male suicides, dropouts in schools and universities and proneness to poverty.
    For now, women are less in power positions, not because they are discriminated, but because not many of them want the power, a higher percentage of women, even with the opportunity, opt to take the easy road.
    This statistic is true.
    Men statistically are more hardworking than women and choose the tough road and now are being made guilty for being like that.
    Consequently, there are lower amounts of testosterone, which is the root hormone for male toughness. Toughness is masculinity biologically and femininity is rooted to estrogen, the feels.
    Gender discrimination is a myth today because it was abolished long ago.
    When you realise you heard of the question," where did all the good men go?" more than once, you need to realise that making men weak and fragile and making women strong and dominant is not the way. This will only bring even higher numbers of single mothers who bring up weaker men and once you bring down the men in a society..you have defeated the society.

  • Micke B
    Micke B 29 days ago

    well, a man must act like a man in order to attract a woman.
    and if you think about it, you 100% expect that he will act like a man when a situation appears.
    if he does not, the woman will reject him and he will die sexless alone.
    so he has everything to gain by acting like a man

  • I LuV Creation
    I LuV Creation Month ago


    • Amone Rahman
      Amone Rahman Day ago

      yeah man are mentally weak and I've seen so many man weak and messed up inside for all problem that couldn't be solve by simple method
      some man get raised to couldn't say no to women (my neighbor for example) it was scary abusive relationship

    • Chef Slap
      Chef Slap 17 days ago +3

      I LuV Creation wrong, men are more physically strong as they have more testosterone hormones then woman (estrogen hormones) men do die faster than woman, but this can be many reasons, they have more dangerous jobs, more likely to die from heart disease as low levels of estrogen, men are discouraged for seeking mental help as it isnt manly so there are more suicides, the list goes on.

  • Bulelani Botman
    Bulelani Botman Month ago

    Very hard facts spoken by this lady, it's time to evaluate myself as a man about my take on feminism & I loved the quote "Culture doesn't make people, people make culture"

  • Jessica Nemutandani
    Jessica Nemutandani Month ago +1

    I love you 😭😭

  • Elen Babayan
    Elen Babayan Month ago

    This speech is about gender inequality, how women are being pressured, harassed, not taken seriously in positions of authority, leadership. People believe that women's source of money is men and women should always compromise. She feels ignored and invisible, unworthy of an acknowledgment as a human being.
    I know that men have been urging women, but the issue is concerning gender equality, we should consider the difficulties of both sides. Men have less privilege in more global problems. For instance, if spouses get a divorce, the children are allowed to see the father only twice a week, unless the mother gives permission. Another example is how, when it comes to life or death, women and children have the privilege. These are a few examples that are often omitted.

    • Chef Slap
      Chef Slap 17 days ago

      Elen Babayan preach, men are tought to be more “manly” so they avoid mental help, health checkups, more aggressive, have more dangerous jobs, and they die from heart disease more because of low amounts of estrogen (though we cant do anything about that)

  • Sofia Bertoli
    Sofia Bertoli Month ago

    Love you

  • Breezy Bones
    Breezy Bones Month ago

    As a self i sympathize with her struggle as a pragmatic man i understand that it is pointless for her to complain about one side of the human game as it stands in the year 2019. The same technology and prosperity brought by evolution that gives her the stage to speak on feminism in a very short time in history will make gender obsolete. Cave women didn't have time for equality. modern day women have the luxury of thought without the power to change reality because technology isn't good enough to solve this so called issue And women of the future might not technically be women. they will have freedom of thought and absolute control over physical reality as so will men. But there lies the question what time do u currently live in. and in what body are you in And in a world where you can just press a button and change sexes yea you would have equality on that one aspect. But there will likely be some other things that a self will not have.

  • Anthony Vandekerkhove

    9.30 such BS, i know some girls get in without ID just cause their good looking.

  • Anthony Vandekerkhove

    Feminists should take action and do what "men" do, rather then COMPLAIN about it! Lmfao

  • rapheal vich
    rapheal vich Month ago

    if culture will make women less of a person then it must be ignored

  • Necronlord2011
    Necronlord2011 Month ago +3

    "We should all be feminists". No, sorry, I rather fight for equality.

    • Chef Slap
      Chef Slap 17 days ago

      Necronlord2011 feminism is equality, you are thinking about feminazis and extremist feminists that hate men.

  • Naz Neelam
    Naz Neelam Month ago

    Watching this for the I don't know how many times, this video is still as amazing as ever before!

  • L D
    L D Month ago

    Great talk, but that audience was really annoying

  • depor Tee
    depor Tee Month ago

    This Chimamanda is dangerous.

  • lil wing
    lil wing Month ago

    There is a RUclipr who has stolen this video almost seven minutes using it on his channel. The channel is (Garage Autominmist) over 1.5K subscribers title: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Feminism and Gender

  • Seher Ece Aksoy
    Seher Ece Aksoy Month ago +1

    What a great speech !!!

    MCEBO DLAMINI Month ago

    Basically muscularity is the problem .?

  • colin shore
    colin shore Month ago

    best part of the video is watching all the husbands forced to be there

    • Roanoke I
      Roanoke I Month ago +1

      ikr but seriously what a bunch of simps

  • John Doe
    John Doe Month ago +2


  • Izy Cananua
    Izy Cananua Month ago

    Yeah, NO