“When there is not enough income in the family (rural families) the boys are seen as the ones that are going to take care of the family, and so the boys get the opportunity to get to go to school while the girls stay with their mothers and eventually become young brides much much much to early…But that’s changing.”—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“This book, while brutal and harsh and violent, is probably one of the most important books I’ve read. It opened my eyes to issues that I didn’t know much about; it is at once an awareness builder, and a call to action. It is living testimony that opportunity can, and does, arise from tragedy. It also shows us that when women and girls are given the chance to reach their full potential, amazing things can happen for their children, their partners and their communities. The key ingredient to achieving this ‘girl effect’ is empowering girls with education, which teaches them that ‘femininity does not equal docility.’ Education nurtures assertiveness. When girls learn what they are capable of, everyone around her benefits. Elevate women, and you elevate the world. Go read this book now.”—Christina Lowe — review of Half the Sky
“The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities.”—Adrienne Rich
“We are asking people to understand that slavery still exists today; in fact, according to a recent New York Times article, if you count the number of women and children in bonded labor, domestic slavery or sexual slavery today, there are more slaves in the world than at any other time in history.”—Charlotte Bunch, founder of Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Douglass College, Rutgers University
“I truly believe that only when we get real equality in our governments, in our businesses, in our companies and our universities, will we start to solve this generation’s central moral problem, which is gender equality. We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”—Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at Barnard’s 2011 Commencement
“You can’t buy a child at Wal-Mart, can you? No, but you can go to Backpage and buy me on Backpage.”—Alissa, a girl peddled by pimps at age 16. See Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed for more on Backpage.com, the online classified website and premiere website for human trafficking in the United States, according to the National Association of Attorneys General. Backpage is owned by Village Voice Media.