Adichie and Angelou

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“Friendship”, Watercolor on paper A3 size

The new year is here, we’re still here. Hooray! For today’s post I am sharing 2 women (both writers) who continue to inspire me: Dr. Maya Angelou and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Let’s start with this very funny, but more importantly educational and inspiring talk by Adichie.

(part of the talk ‘Why we all should be feminists’ )

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: “You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man”
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: a person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

I had just listened to Adichie’s Ted talk and it must have still been lingering in my subconscious when I started painting. The painting is about female friendship in particular. Throughout my life women are the ones who have empowered me, have encouraged me to love myself and leave an abusive relationship. So this is an ode to all the women in my life.

And because I want to start 2017 in high spirits and with laughter I share this joyful, timeless, deep and soul stirring reading by Dr. Angelou:

Much love and thanks for stopping by!

Happy 2017

Salam

Isabella

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