Friday, June 14, 2024
American University
A project of the Rev. James B. Simpson Fellowship at American University’s School of Communication

People will often say, ‘Why are you talking about feminism? Why aren’t you talking about human rights?’ And yes, but we’re talking about [women] because there is a group of people in the world who fought for centuries, who have been systematically deprived of rights because they were women. So that’s why we talk about women. That’s why it has to be about women. Because those are the people whose rights have been taken away. And we can’t somehow pretend, ‘Oh, let’s talk about the human race,’ and make things all wishy washy. No, it’s women. It has to be women. It has to be feminism. And you have to become one.

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People will often say, 'Why are you talking about feminism? Why aren't you talking about human rights?' And yes, but we're talking about [women] because there is a group of people in the world who fought for centuries, who have been systematically deprived of rights because they were women. So that's why we talk about women. That's why it has to be about women. Because those are the people whose rights have been taken away. And we can't somehow pretend, 'Oh, let's talk about the human race,' and make things all wishy washy. No, it's women. It has to be women. It has to be feminism. And you have to become one.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie