Ascent of Women by Sally Armstrong

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Armstrong does wobble when she enters the murky world of essentialism...This is another version of the “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” argument. It’s unneeded and it’s outdated.
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This book is about the final frontier for women: having control over your own body, whether in zones of conflict, in rural villages, on university campuses or in your own kitchen. Recent studies by economists such as Jeffrey Sachs and social scientists such as Isobel Coleman claim that women who gain such control--who are not oppressed--are the key to economic justice and the end to violence in developing countries around the world.
 
Ascent of Women will describe the perilous journey that brought women to this point. It will tell the dramatic and empowering stories of change-makers and examine the stunning courage, tenacity and wit they are using to alter the status quo. It is the story of a dawning of a new revolution, whose chapters are being written in mud-brick houses in Afghanistan; on Tehrir Square in Cairo; in the forests of the Congo, where women still hide from their attackers; and in a shelter in northern Kenya, where 160 girls between 3 and 17 are pursuing a historic court case against a government who did not protect them from rape.
 
Women revolutionaries in Toronto and Nairobi, Kabul and Caracas, New York City and Lahore are making history. Women the world over are marching to protest honour killing, polygamy, stoning and a dozen other religiously or culturally sanctified acts of violence. Sally Armstrong will bring us these voices from the barricades, inspiring and brave.

 

About Sally Armstrong

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SALLY ARMSTRONG is an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, holder of 7 honourary degrees, a teacher, journalist, human rights activist, and contributor to "Maclean's," "Chatelaine" and the CBC. She is a member of the International Women's Commission, a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women, and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East. A bestselling author of "Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan" (2002) and "Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan's Women" (2008), she is also the author of a fact-based novel about her settler foremother, "The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Random House Canada. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy.
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Reviewed by Josipa Petrunic on Mar 19 2013

Armstrong does wobble when she enters the murky world of essentialism...This is another version of the “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” argument. It’s unneeded and it’s outdated.

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Reviewed by Josipa Petrunic on Mar 08 2013

This is another version of the “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” argument. It’s unneeded and it’s outdated.

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