Welcome to the YW4US Book Club!

We're always striving to find ways to connect with each other and opportunities to engage with our community. That's why we started the Young Women for US book club in April 2021.

 

Each month, our programming team selects books from a diverse range of authors and genres that connect back to policy or current events. Our community votes on which book they'd like to read over social media, and at the end of the month, we come together in a virtual meeting to discuss the book's argument, themes, and how it's inspired us to take action or reevaluate our thinking.

 

Our book selections and meetings cater to young women and gender non-conforming people, but everyone is welcome. You also do not have to read the book to attend book club.

We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Discussion Questions: 

  • Feminism is interpreted differently by different people. Do you call yourself a feminist? Why or why not? How has your definition or identity as a feminist changed over time?

  • Intersectionality is defined as "the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage" (Oxford Dictionary). How does your personal identity shape your values?

  • Adichie describes how disadvantaged women negotiate power in Nigeria; how might it be easier for women living in privilege to embrace feminism?

  • Does the culture you grew up in have different expectations for boys and girls?

  • At what age do distinctions between genders begin? Do you believe these expectations arise out of biological differences or socialization?

  • “Culture does not make people, people make culture.” What can we do to change culture so that it fosters gender equality?

  • Adichie points out that boys also struggle with the burden of masculinity. What are some instances where there is a double standard for women and men? Do you believe that boys and men pay a price in a world that devalues feminism or insists on hyper-masculinity? How?

  • Adichie says, “My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.” Do you agree with this definition? What can folks of all genders do to be better and more inclusive feminists?