Lifting Women Lifts the World

September 15, 2009

(photo via weheartit)

I love Nicholas Kristof's thoughts on global women's rights. I've been following his blog for a while, and it just makes so much sense to me that we suffer globally when people are mistreated. So often, those people are women, and I appreciate how he has taken note of that fact, and sought to make it known to others.

His recent book, "Half the Sky" is about the global issue of women's rights, and is named after an old Chinese proverb that says women hold up half the sky. He is on tour with the book right now...and I'm watching to see if he comes close, I'd love to see him!

I also love the quote he posted today by Bill Gates Sr:

When a man partners with a strong woman, everyone benefits…. What I find remarkable is that more men around the globe don’t realize how much stronger they would be if partnered with a strong woman. Way too often and in too many corners of the globe, women are denied the opportunity to reach their full potential. It’s wrong and it’s backward, and of course, the irony is that by keeping women down, men lose out too...

The authors titled their book after an old Chinese proverb that says "Women hold up half the sky." It's time that people around the world recognize the full implication of that wise proverb and work together to ensure that women everywhere are able to rise to their fullest potential -- for themselves and so that we all can benefit from the contributions they will make to global society. Finally, and in that vein, to everyone around the world who has asked me what it takes to raise a successful son like Bill Gates, my first response is: Make sure he can learn from a strong woman.

Read Gates' review here.
What you can do: I think there are countless answers here. What I'm doing? I'm trying to be aware. I also have countless friends that have gotten their hands dirty working with women's rights across the globe, and I'm hoping to start posting their stories here, along with practical ways to help the organizations they have worked with.