”I would like 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.”
This is written by the award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her book “We should all be feminists”. The book is her personal call for a feminism that concerns us all. The text was originally a TED-talk that has been seen by more than two million people on Youtube and was sampled in Beyoncé’s “***Flawless”.
The Swedish Women’s Lobby and Albert Bonniers Förlag together with the UN association of Sweden, LO, The Order of the Teaspoon, Unizon and Gertrud Åström, have distributed the book, in Swedish, as a gift to all second grade high school students in Sweden. Our hope is that We should all be feminists will work as a stepping stone for a discussion about gender equality and feminism. We live in a world that too easily puts people of different background against each other. We want to act for the opposite.
On December 1st 2015 the book Alla borde vara feminister, which is the name of the Swedish version (translated by Niclas Hval), was launched at Norra Real High school in Stockholm. The Swedish Women’s Lobby, together with our partner organisations, held a press conference about the historic initiative to distribute the book in Sweden. Some parts of the book was read out loud by Johanna Haegerström from Albert Bonniers and the Swedish artist Alina Devecerski. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie herself participated with a video greeting to the Swedish high school students.
Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies’s greeting to Swedish high school students.
The launching of the book has become wouldwide news. Washington Post and The Guardian have written about “Alla borde vara feminister”.
Find out more about the event here.
Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speach We should all be feminists here: