Les van de Eeuw: We moeten allemaal feminist zijn

26.02 10:00 and 13:30

 “We should all be feminists”

The ‘Lessen van de Eeuw’ (Lessons of the Century) are targeted at third-grade secondary-school students and in the past have focused on various themes, from democracy to education, smart cities, WWII, migration and fake news. For these ‘open lessons’, authorities are called in from the worlds of academia, politics, journalism and art.

This edition at Vooruit links up with one of the biggest themes of Vooruit’s programme this year: the rights of women in the present day, or the (persisting) lack thereof, both in Belgium and in the rest of the world. A lesson about emancipation, justice and feminism, and thus a lesson about equality. The point of departure is the essay “We should all be feminists” by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

With, among others:

  • Eva Brems (professor, Human Rights Centre, UGent, b. 1969)
  • Assita Kanko (women’s rights activist, b. 1980)
  • Chia Longman (Director, Centre for Research on Culture and Gender UG, b. 1972)

Moderator: Karine Claassen (VRT) 


All sixteen-year-olds in Sweden received a free copy of the book ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The essay was originally read in the above TED Talk, which has been viewed approximately 5 million times. A fragment of the audio from this talk was also sampled in the number ‘*** Flawless’ by Beyoncé.

‘This is the book I wish all of my male classmates would have read when I was sixteen,’ says Clara Berglund. She is the chairperson of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, the organisation behind the project. She calls the book not only a gift to all second-grade high-school students, but also ‘a gift to ourselves and future generations’.

In a video message addressed to the Swedish students, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells them that when she was sixteen she probably wasn’t even aware of the existence of feminism, but was still a feminist. ‘I hope that the sixteen-year-olds who read this book also decide that they’re feminists’, says Adichie. Mostly, I hope very soon that one day we will not need to be feminists. Because we will live in a world that is truly just and equal.’

Ngozi Adichie can also count Beyoncé among her fans. The singer used a sample from ‘We should all be feminists’ in her song, ‘*** Flawless’. Ngozi Adichie’s voice can be heard halfway though the song: ‘We teach girls to shrink themselves, / to make themselves smaller. / We say to girls: / you can have ambitions, / but not too much’. 


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