"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 life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Marriage can be a source of love, and joy and mutual support, but why do we do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same. We raise girls to see each others as competitors. Not for jobs or 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 ways that boys are. Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes."
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche