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Every 16 Year Old in This Country Will Read This Feminist Manifesto

Every 16 Year Old in This Country Will Read This Feminist Manifesto

One country is hoping to expand the conversation on gender equality among children in an epic way.

Every 16 year old in Sweden will receive a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's now-popular feminist manifesto, "We Should Be All Feminists."


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The Swedish Women's Lobby and publisher Albert Bonniers launched the educational initiative at Norra Real High School in Stockholm last week in hopes that the project will "work as a stepping stone for a discussion about gender equality and feminism."

The announcement comes just weeks after the U.K.'s Department for Education revealed its plan to drop feminism from the politics A-level — equivalent to the AP level in the United States — after the government encouraged students to study "the ideas of 15 different male political thinkers and just one woman."

"We Should All Be Feminists" is based off Chimamanda's widely-watched 2012 TED Talk video, viewed by more than 2 million people on YouTube and sampled on Beyonce's hit single, "***Flawless."

In a video message for students involved in the Swedish campaign, Adichie explained that feminism for her is about "justice."

"When I was 16, I don't think I knew what the word 'feminist' meant. I don't think I knew the word at all. But I was a feminist. And I hope that the 16 year olds that will read this book in Sweden will also decide that they're feminists."

She continued with, "Mostly, I hope very soon that one day we will not need to be feminists. Because we will live in a world that is truly just and equal."

Clara Berglund of the Swedish Women's Lobby states, "This is the book that I wish all of my male classmates would have read when I was 16. It feels so important to contribute to this project. It is a gift to all second-grade high-school students, but it is also a gift to ourselves and future generations."

As reported by The Guardian, the forces behind the project such as the UN Association of Sweden and the Swedish Trade Union Confederation hope that Adichie's text will better integrate topics of young people's experiences and conversations about gender into the classroom.

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