Most of the time, I watch action and drama shows when I'm riding the trainer and today was no different. I came across an Oprah show from last week and this particular episode's guests were pulitzer prize winner Nicholas Kristof and his beautiful wife, Sheryl WuDunn. As I listened to them share the stories of women. NO. of young girls that were being abused, tortured, raped and killed for simply being female in third world countries, I became physically sick. I know that genocide occurs and that there are nations of people that are oppressed by their government, but I had no idea the magnitude of the injustices that are being directed towards women specifically. I live in a bubble. I think we all do to a certain extent. In the USA, we (women) are still struggling for equality and a fair shake in a seemingly "man's world" but we have come so far. However, it's as if time travels backwards in Africa and Asia. I am stunned.
Together, Nicholas and Sheryl wrote a book called Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and I have to get it. I need to read it. I want to help. I have a wonderful life. I am blessed and so fortunate being an American woman in the 21st century and it destroys me that things like this occur in the world. As I make my way closer and closer towards my journey of motherhood (which by the way is at least a year off so don't get your hopes up Mom!) I have become more sensitive to situations such as this. I want to help. I have to help. I want to be part of a movement called The Girl Effect It's powerful. It's something we can all be a part of. and it starts with one simple idea.