Quote-Worthy Wednesdays: Sheryl WuDunn

Last night Sheryl WuDunn, coauthor of Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women spoke at my university.  She was great, and while she represented the huge challenge of oppression against women on the global level, she also told the stories of men and women throughout the world working, life by life, to empower women.  Here is one quote from the book that I think puts the issue of contemporary gender inequity into perspective:

It appears that 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.

3 thoughts on “Quote-Worthy Wednesdays: Sheryl WuDunn

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  2. The only problem with this, and also to stick up for my gender here, is that the numbers have actually flipped around in the developed world and even some developing countries. Increasingly, in the emerging global economy, the skills that have traditionally belonged to girls are in demand which has resulted in families “choosing” girl children instead of boys. This doesn’t diminish what has happened in the past fifty years, it does change what our response to it ought to be though.

    • Simply siting WuDunn from last night, they claim that although in the developed world that may be the increasing trend, outside of those regions is vastly different. In terms of population, there are more men than women by a significant number in developing countries. In terms of the global work force, again siting the authors, women work two thirds of the world’s working hours, but earn just 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of the world’s assets.

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