Quotes of the Week [4]

Well, I got some good quotes to share from the last book I finished.

from Dear Ijeawele… by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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.

Girl speaks the truth! See: 2016 Election.

Our culture celebrates the idea of women who are able to ‘do it all’ but does not question the premise of that praise. I have no interest in the debate about women ‘doing it all’ because it is a debate that assumes that caregiving and domestic work are singularly female domains, an idea that I strongly reject


Women don’t actually need to be championed and revered; they just need to be treated as equal human beings. There is a patronizing undertone to the idea of women needing to be ‘championed’ and ‘revered’ because they are women.

I swear, it’s like going to church.

Her job is not to make herself likeable, her job is to be her full self, a self that is honest and aware of the equal humanity of other people.

I have nothing to add. These quotes speak for themselves. Go read the book!

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