Chimamanda’s interview with Hilary Clinton Stirs a contention on the definition of Equality and Feminism

The internet lately has been swamped with different opinions on a remark made by Africa’s author and feminist Chimamanda Adiche, who recently interviewed the former US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.

The former US presidential candidate sat down to an interview with the novelist on Sunday after a lecture when Adichie asked about Clinton’s twitter bio.

“In your Twitter account, the first word that describes you is wife. And then I think it’s mom, and then it’s grandmother,” Adichie said at the PEN World Voices festival.

“And when I saw that, I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset. And then I went and I looked at your husband’s Twitter account, and the first word was not husband.”

The novelist was referring to Bill Clinton’s twitter bio which reads ‘Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States.’

Hillary, whose Twitter bio states, ‘Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, Sec State, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate,’ said women should be free to celebrate their success by their professional as well as their personal achievements.

Clinton replied, “When you put it like that, I’m going to change it” although she added that individuals should be able to define their accomplishments in ways they feel satisfied.

“It shouldn’t be either/or. It should be that if you are someone who is defining yourself by what you do and what you accomplish, and that is satisfying, then more power to you.”

“That is how you should be thinking about your life and living it,” Clinton said at the event.

Adichie has been forthright with her views on politics, women’s rights and gender equality.

However, many on social media disagreed with the novelist’s comments.

Many people think the question contradicts the argument for feminism which the novelist has advocated in her books and public engagements, what do you think?

 

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