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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Katie talks about the author of We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the dangers of only knowing a culture’s singular story. Wonderful conversation on feminism, equality and being inspired by fellow women.

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Show Notes & Extras

  • This month’s gal pals are Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Edan. Bonnie has already talked about Wangari Maathai and Edan has already talked about Queen Nzinga
  • Katie tried really hard on pronunciation
  • Get-to-know-you question: What do you think of when you hear the word, Africa?
  • The Egyptian part of the museum
  • Elephants!
  • UPDATE: Bison farm in Indiana is called Cooks Bison Ranch 
  • Katherine Hepburn book Leah mentions


  • Katie’s 1 Cool African Gals is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Ted Talks

  • Early Life
  • Books: We Should All Be Feminists, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
  • College in America with two Masters in creative writing and African studies
  • Novel – Americanah
  • Daily Show interview

  • Chimamanda was inspired to write by another woman
  • Novels Purple Hibiscus (2003) Half of the Yellow Sun (2006) short story collection is called The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)
  • Feminism convo
  • Chimamanda’s impactful experiences
  • Stereotypes of the angry feminists
  • Beyonce’s Lemonade!
  • When dudes get credit for things women have done
  • Ted Talk Edan mentioned on white male culture

  • Toxic masculinity
  • ERA hoops
  • When men get praise (or need praise) for what women are expected to do without a thought of thanks
  • Lean on the strengths in a partnership

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