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Half the Sky Women hold up half the sky. Chinese Proverb
Half the Sky “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Half the Sky “Women might just have something to contribute to civilization other than their vaginas.” C. Buckley Florence of Arabia
Half the Sky “Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.” George Bernard Shaw
Half the Sky “The mechanism of violence is what destroys women, controls women, diminishes women and keeps women in their so-called place.” Eve Ensler, A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer
Half the Sky “The equivalent of five jumbo jets’ worth of women die in labor each day, but the issue is almost never covered.” Half the Sky
“The Koran explicitly endorses some gender discrimination: A woman’s testimony counts only half as much as a man’s, and a daughter inherits only half as much as a son.” Half the Sky
“You think we’re victims, because we cover our hair and wear modest clothing. But we think that it’s Western women who are repressed, because they have to show their bodies…to please men.” Half the Sky
“Well, if you are not fully utilizing half the talent in the country, you’re not going to get too close to the top ten.” Bill Gates
Half the Sky “It is impossible to realize our goals while discriminating against half the human race. As study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” Kofi Annan
Half the Sky “Are women human yet? If women were human, would we be a cash crop shipped from Thailand in containers into New York’s brothels…? Would our genitals be sliced out to ‘cleanse’ us…? When will women be human? When?” Catherine MacKinnon, Are Women Human?
Half the Sky Family planning in China: The results is that as many infant girls die unnecessarily every week in China s protestors died in one incident at Tiananmen. (China now has laws preventing sex-selected abortion)
Half the Sky Amarya Sen, Nobel economist: “More than 100 million women are missing.” (in places where girls have a deeply unequal status, they vanish.” Every year, at least another 2 million girls worldwide disappear because of gender discrimination.
Half the Sky National Violence Against Women survey: One in six women undergoes rape or attempted rape in her life.”
Half the Sky 3 Million women and girls (and small number of boys) worldwide are enslaved in the sex trade.
Half the Sky “Far more women and girls are shipped into brothels each year in the early twenty-first century than African slaves were shipped into slave plantations each year in the eighteenth or nineteenth century. “
Half the Sky “Less than 1% of U.S. foreign aid goes to women’s issues worldwide.”
Half the Sky “Surveys suggest that about one third of all women worldwide face beatings in the home. Women aged fifteen through forty four are more like to be maimed or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined.” 30-60% women in most countries had experienced physical and sexual abuse by a husband or boyfriend. (World Health Organization)
Half the Sky “Three million women and girls are incontinent …not by rape but by obstructed labor and lack of medical care during child birth… “
Half the Sky “The number of African women who died in childbirth rose from 205,000 in 1990 to 261, 000 in 2005.”
Half the Sky “The consequence of failing to educate girls is a capacity gap not only in billions of dollars of GNP but also in billions of IQ points...intelligence as measured by IQ tests has risen sharply over the years —the average American IQ, for example, rose by eighteen points from 1947 to 2002.”
Half the Sky More than 100 million women are missing. Every year, at least another 2 million girls worldwide disappear because of gender discrimination.
Half the Sky All told, girls in India from 1 to 5 years of age are 50 percent more likely to die than boys the same age.
Half the Sky If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Derek Bok