Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday NY Times: And Ain't I A Woman?

The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.
- Aung San Suu Kyi

After reading the Sunday magazine of the New York Times this week, I found Aung San Suu Kyi's quote extremely relevant. The entire magazine is dedicated to the status of women--in many cases, women we would call teens here. The circumstances of hardship were almost unbearable to read about, but also very motivating. It is not a coincidence that infant and maternal mortality is highest in countries where women's literacy is lowest.

Was it just a coincidence that, this Sunday, I also drove past Seneca Falls in New York? While driving past the exit, we discussed the suffrage movement, and Sojourner Truth. I was sorry to hear that my son didn't know who Sojourner Truth was, and had not read her speech, And Ain't I A Woman? If you haven't read it either, you can read it here.

And maybe by the time we reach 200 years after the first major American suffrage conference (2048), women around the world will get some rights--including, but not only, education.

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