Today's portrait is of amazing and outspoken writer & feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Her TED talk called:" We should all be feminists" is powerful and absolutely fantastic, covering so many subjects and issues (please watch it if you haven't yet, I'm sure you'll love it).
There are so many fantastic points she raised in her talk and it is absolutely impossible to sum it up in one quote but here's one which touched me the most.
In the beginning of the talk Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie says that at some point she had to call herself Happy African Feminist Who Does Not Hate Men and Who Likes To Wear Lip Gloss And High Heels For Herself And Not For Men.
I come across this all the time, all the confusion of the meaning and the idea, weird stereotypes of feminists. Even yesterday while talking to a friend she mentioned that she considered herself to be a feminist but not in a bad way. There is no bad way, there are wrong perception of who feminist is. She shouldn't justify what kind of feminist she is, I shouldn't justify and neither should anyone else. Feminist is not a dirty word.
And my todays mantra is this quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talk.
So starting from today there will be no explanation, justification or excuses when I say proud and loud: " I'm a feminist"