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Chimamanda is turning Sweden into even more of a sanctuary for gender equality

Sweden is considered the most gender equal place on Earth. It has policies that promote equality in schools, in the workplace, at home and all throughout society.

Basically, it’s a good country to live in if you’re a human being.

And the country is showing once again why it’s become a model for the rest of the world.

From now on, all 16 year-olds will receive a copy of, and be asked to read, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay, “We Should All Be Feminists,” which is adapted from a TED Talk.

For many people, feminism has become a charged and even stigmatized word. It strikes some people as radical and exclusionary by being “anti-man.”

Chimamanda’s essay shows that this isn’t the case. The core of feminism is equality and fairness. It envisions a world where men and women can live harmoniously without oppression and discrimination.

It’s about human rights, but it recognizes that women are unfairly deprived of rights around the world. There are gender imbalances everywhere that should be fixed.

Feminist is a title that people should proudly wear. I’m a feminist. And I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s work.

It might seem that Sweden’s latest move is mostly symbolic. How many feminists will it actually generate? It’s just a slim little book, after all.

But I think that reading changes lives. It shapes worldviews, seeds people with ideas and beliefs, and generally just excites and nourishes the brain.

“We Should All Be Feminists” may present ideas in ways that students had never fully considered before. And in doing so, it will broaden understanding.

For any country, it makes sense to promote books that cultivate open-minded perspectives.

And when it’s a book written by one of the most compelling authors writing today, well, that just makes it 10x better.

Make your own statement by going to TAKE ACTION NOW to call on gender equality to be prioritized around the world.