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Leading journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explain how the oppression of women fuels myriad problems that countries and governments must grapple with around the globe. The authors describe how societies abuse and enslave women through forced prostitution, rape, “honor killings,” and lack of health care and education. They offer steps that companies, nations and citizens can take to foster human liberation and provide a solid list of organizations you can support that work every day to improve the lives of women and girls. getAbstract recommends this comprehensive report with its timeless and timely suggestions to all readers who want to know more about the problems that impede social, political and economic equality for every woman and, therefore, for every society.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How governments and societies around the world oppress women and girls,
  • How education can help solve this oppression, and
  • What steps nations and aid organizations must take to help repressed women and girls worldwide.

About the Authors

Nicholas D. Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize honoree, journalist and columnist for The New York Times, is married to Pulitzer honoree Sheryl WuDunn, a former Times writer now in banking.



Female Slavery
The oppression and abuse of women and girls is “one of the paramount human rights problems” of the 21st century. The abuses include denying girls health care, kidnapping girls into forced prostitution, high rates of death in childbirth and widespread rape. Trafficking young...

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    Kara Doak 4 years ago
    Eye-opening read. The authors do an excellent job of shedding light on the inequities women face globally, and also provide clear direction in how individuals and organizations can take action to change the cycle of oppression.
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    Rachel Leigh 4 years ago
    I found this very informative and am planning to buy the book to get further insight

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