LUX LIT:  Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

An ever-evolving discussion of the global treatment of women continues to gain more and more traction in everyday discussions. Though we have taken great strides in recent years, there are still large steps that need to be taken to achieve true equality for women. In this new book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide there’s such a compelling message for each of us to take action.

Recently, we‘ve discussed the empowerment of women and how we can help support the growing poverty that affects women and children throughout this world. Well, this new book by New York Times Journalist Nicholas D. Kristof and wife, Sheryl WuDunn takes this same existing challenge and deepens the discussion around this topic.

The title of the book comes from the Chinese proverb, “Women hold up half the sky.” Kristof said that if the great moral struggle of the 19th century was the abolition of slavery and that of the 20th century racial equality, then that of the 21st century would be gender equality.—Huffington Post

They provide a viewpoint of the treatment of women to be equivalent to modern day slaves. Using real life accounts to further drive the viewpoints. The top four problem areas include: Sex Trafficking, Maternal Health, Financial Empowerment through Microfinance and Education. This book covers a variety of options available to us now.

Beware, this isn’t a ‘what-if’ scenario hardcover that’s based on examining what could happen, but more of a realistic account of how women are oppressed and what we can do to help!

Be sure to have your tissues handy LUXies, for this book highlights many powerful accounts of women who have endured outrageous treatments and obstacles that many of us can’t even fathom. Though, they help paint the picture of ‘unleashing’ the feminine power to help foster economic growth in the developing countries.

One thing is for certain; it shows the power of our feminine influence and a great example of perseverance for a better life. It also builds a case for why this needs to become a priority moving forward.

So LUX Nation, what do you think of the gender equality debate? Are you inspired to take action for a better tomorrow?

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