Have you read Half the Sky? Though the stories contained in the book will cause a whole lot of crying, they will hopefully induce a fierce reaction to react. To give you an idea of what the book is about, it’s subtitle is: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
This book has changed the direction of my current writing project (keeping me so busy as of late that I’ve neglected my blog) and has stirred the activist in me, which was previously untouched. But now there is a rousing within, which I believe is happening to many a woman. We are ushering in a new consciousness, one in which the feminine faculties are honored. After reading this book, you might wonder what the heck I’m talking about. Because you will read stories and statistics that will illustrate how women are clearly disregarded, enslaved and violated. For instance, the book states: “more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century. More girls are killed in this routine “gendercide” in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.”
Despite the horrors that are happening to women and girls, or perhaps because of these tragedies, we are given the opportunity to transcend.
In the U.S., we have overcome many of the outward barriers to inequality. But that’s not the end of story. We have our feminine gifts to offer. Gifts that have been misrepresented as weaknesses, such as our intuition, our notions of Being and relatedness. By re-claiming and cultivating our innate wisdoms, we can truly “be the change we want to see in the world.”
The authors of Half the Sky will give you some steps to take. Through their list of websites, I found worldpulse.com. I’m feeling a little more connected to women worldwide there. Check it out.