Chimamanda is a FORCE. I don’t know how else to emphasize this point. For someone who was the top choice for the British Vogue cover, there’s nothing more to emphasize. This is me trying not to list all of her 100000000000 million other achievements.
Quoting British Vogue;
“For all these reasons, when it came to compiling a dream list of women who should feature on Vogue’s Forces for Change cover, Ms Adichie was at the top.”
When she was asked how she can bring about change she said;
“Policy is important, laws are important but changing cultural norms and mindsets matter even more. Take ambition, for example. We praise ambitious men, and judge ambitious women. The behaviour is the same; the body exhibiting it is different.”
The September 2019 issue, entitled “Forces for Change”, highlights trailblazing female changemakers – from activists to artists, prime ministers to climate change campaigners – who are breaking barriers and setting the agenda across the globe.
This issue was guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex.
Although Adichie’s writing has succeeded in opening up dialogue about gender inequality, her work – and ours – is far from done. “I long for a world where women can show a wide range of complex human emotions without the risk of societal censure,” she says. “I long for more stories of women who are strong without being superheroes, who do not need to be extraordinary to be admirable.”
I like to think of CHIMAMANDA as the gift that keeps on giving. May her reign be a very long one!