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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Feminist Talk Mentions Gender Equality

By: Alyson Wyers - Jun 9, 2015
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In her feminist talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses the graduating class of Wellesley College. The commencement speaker offers a wide range of advice, from the power of a good lip stick shade in lifting moods to gender injustice.

The feminist talk references several personal anecdotes about what the writer learned from the world. She notes that, contrary to what some may believe, men are not inherently bad or evil, just privileged. By nature, privilege blinds and a college degree offers its recipients privilege as well. She also says victimhood is not a virtue and standardized ideology won't always fit life.

The graduation speech encourages people to try, although we can't always bend the world into the shapes we want. An education also gives the tools to try. She emphasizes the need to try and create the world you want to live in. In addition to discussing the inclusivity, the feminist talk advises the graduates to be themselves, to never accept 'because you are a woman' as a reason to do or not do anything and to give and receive love.