Chatting with Chimamanda in New Issue of Ms.!

Law“Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

This succinct, unapologetic definition of feminism that Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave in a TED talk became a feminist shot heard ‘round the world, and was even sampled in one of Beyoncé’s latest tracks. Ms. has avidly followed Adichie’s literary career from 2006 to now, as she’s become one of the most-talked-about writers in the U.S.

Our latest issue of Ms. features a candid interview with Adichie—who also graces the cover—in which she talks about feminism, writing and the black experience.

The summer issue also shows what happens when a mother loses child custody to the state. Thanks to rigid child welfare laws, she may never see her child again. Ms. makes the case for reformed laws that recognize the importance of a mother’s presence in a child’s life.

Other stories featured in this issue that you won’t want to miss:

  • Despite the success of women-directed films, there are very few women calling the shots on Hollywood sets.

  • A dangerous double standard of the U.S. relationship with Bangladesh’s garment industry is exposed.

  • We go inside a network of underground abortion-rights advocates who provide safe choices for pregnant women in Chile.

The new issue of Ms. hit newsstands this week and is already on its way to subscribers. You can also carry Ms. everywhere on your iPhone, iPad or Android device with a convenient digital subscription.



  1. I’m not surprised that a talented novelist who quoted the dictionary definition of feminism turned it into “the feminist shot heard around the world.” The media has done so much of a hatchet job on feminism that many people get amazed when they just hear basic truths about feminism. However, there is a second part of the definition that Chimamanda needed to quote: A person who advocates for women’s rights.

    In other words, feminism isn’t just a belief system. It is an action. It is activism. It is not good enough to believe in equal rights. We need to advocate it. And we need to insist that feminist activists get the credit that they deserve. I do not want to hear silence from the media on Seneca Falls Day and Women’s Equality Day.

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