When it comes to feminism, Sweden are putting the rest of the world to shame (although we have to shout out Australia for putting feminism on the school syllabus). The Feminist Initiative, aka Fi, have been making waves in Swedish parliament since 2005, and now the country is handing out a feminist guidebook to every high school student in the country – and that includes the boys.
The book? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists, a personal essay on what feminism means in the 21st century. ICYMI, the book is based on Chimamanda’s TedxEuston talk of the same name. If you haven’t already, watch it below, and also take note of these seven celebrities that shut down sexism.
The Swedish Women’s Lobby (who founded the feminist book drop) have been backed by the UN Association for Sweden (nice) and Albert Bonniers Forlag publishing, and have managed to deliver over 100,000 copies of the essay. Discussion guidelines will be winging their way to teachers before the end of 2015.
Sweden, this is amazing! If kids can be taught from an impressionable age that girls and boys are totally equal in life, work and love, the next generation might just be the ones to push gender inequality back into balance.
Feminism has some amazing spokespeople, too; Caitlin Moran, Lena Dunham, Emma Watson, Zendaya and Tom Hardy are out, loud-and-proud to fight for feminism. Have you seen what they have to say about the gender pay gap? Hint: they’re not pleased.
Not lucky enough to be a Swedish high schooler? You can pick up We Should All Feminists on Amazon (for less than the price of your lunch).
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