I’m ready to act.

Because its the holidays (and during the holidays we try to give back), I wanted to recommend this book Half the Sky by New York Times Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The book is phenomenal, but if you don’t have much time to spare on reading, you can simply watch the documentary on Netflix.

This book describes the global injustices in women’s health and education that result in poverty and disenfranchisement. Most importantly, these two wonderful journalists and social activists don’t just point out the problems - they give a wide variety of solutions. They have a whole index of efficient, inspiring organizations to work with and donate too! Their vision is to see a world of empowered women, and therefore a more empowered and successful world overall. To build this world, they encouraging leaders (like us!) to step forward and 1) help “campaigns to fund girls’ education,” to 2) “iodize salt to prevent mental retardation” (salt deficiency is something we in the Western world never really have to worry about - but it is a huge health problem world wide) and 3) eradicate obstetric fistula problems (internal holes forming from abuse or inadequate maternal health) “and lay the groundwork for a major international assault on maternal mortality.”

For those who know me well, the causes Kristof and WuDunn describe are near and dear to my heart. This is not just because I care deeply about women’s empowerment, but because I believe that by not educating and not caring for half our population (mostly in developing or impoverished countries), we are doing an injustice and a disservice to our entire global population:

"Consider the costs of allowing half a country’s human resources to go untapped. Women and girls cloistered in huts, uneducated, unemployed, and unable to contribute significantly to the world represent a vast seam of human gold that is never mined. 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." -Kristof & WuDunn

I believe that none of us chose which village or city we were born in; that none of us chose our family circumstance or level of health or education access we can obtain. I believe that we have a responsibility to help others, and especially women, in order to build a better global community in which we can all be proud to contribute our voices and talents to.

Thanks for reading what I’ve had to say - I hope you’ll read Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book to explore all the other organizing and grassroots work being done right now to address these problems. It’s time to act!

Book:
http://www.amazon.com/Half-Sky-Oppression-Opportunity-Worldwide/dp/0307387097/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356412019&sr=8-1&keywords=half+the+sky

Documentary:
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Half_the_Sky_Turning_Oppression_into_Opportunity_for_Women_Worldwide/70259897?locale=en-US&mqso=80030196&mkwid=sCBd7F4jS&gclid=CO2Iz_HktLQCFaN_QgodDkMAHg

WHY WE STILL NEED FEMINISM

WHY WE STILL NEED FEMINISM

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nerdsforobama:

Voldemort doesn’t have a nose because he was denied health coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Obamacare could have prevented this. Things could have been different.
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nerdsforobama:

Voldemort doesn’t have a nose because he was denied health coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Obamacare could have prevented this. Things could have been different.

http://nerdsforobama.org

This shop is absolutely flawless. That Nerdfighters for Obama merch… OH MY GOD.

Oh shoot, just ordered my “Ravenclaws for Obama” pins

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This weekend, activists in Uganda held their first Gay Pride. This is a country where homosexuality is punishable by death. This is a huge step for human rights, and I can’t even fathom the bravery it took to participate. (via)

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Julie Zeilinger discusses her new book and modern wave feminism.

And I think it’s actually the same sorority as mine!! SO EXCITING. This girl rocks and gets down to the heart how sororities HAVE a strong place in modern wave feminism by embracing the ideal of sisterhood.

When someone asks me why I’m single

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When the Tea Party tries to protest Obamacare on constitutional grounds now, OFA is all…

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When the Tea Party tries to protest Obamacare on constitutional grounds now, OFA is all…

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I’m a believer.

I can’t not reblog The Great Spaghetti Monster…

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I’m a believer.

I can’t not reblog The Great Spaghetti Monster…

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"As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love. Our church is gay friendly… above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me’. No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody."

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