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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Nicholas D. Kristof

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“More girls were killed in the last 50 years, precisely because they were girls, than men killed in all the wars in the 20th century. More girls are killed in this routine gendercide in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the 20th century. The equivalent of 5 jumbo jets worth of women die in labor each day... life time risk of maternal death is 1,000x higher in a poor country than in the west. That should be an international scandal.”

“When anesthesia was developed, it was for many decades routinely withheld from women giving birth, since women were "supposed" to suffer. One of the few societies to take a contrary view was the Huichol tribe in Mexico. The Huichol believed that the pain of childbirth should be shared, so the mother would hold on to a string tied to her husband's testicles. With each painful contraction, she would give the string a yank so that the man could share the burden. Surely if such a mechanism were more widespread, injuries in childbirth would garner more attention.”

“In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”

“Women aren't the problem but the solution. The plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity.”

“The tide of history is turning women from beasts of burden and sexual playthings into full-fledged human beings.”

“One of the great failings of the American education system (in our view) is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad.”

“Americans of faith should try as hard to save the lives of African women as the lives of unborn fetuses.”

“You educate a boy, and you're educating an individual. You educate a girl, and you're educating a village. -African Proverb”

“So let us be clear about this up front: We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women's power as economic catalysts. That is the process under way - not a drama of victimization but of empowerment, the kind that transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen. This is a story of transformation. It is change that is already taking place, and change that can accelerate if you'll just open your heart and join in.”

“When women gain a voice in society, there's evidence of less violence.”

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morality, humanity, education, service, empathy, slavery, gender-equality, transformation, poverty, empowerment, women, africa, childbirth, emancipation, women-s-rights, womens-rights, success, economics

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