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April 21, 2010

Half the Sky

Filed under: Uncategorized — voaburmese @ 5:16 pm

Half the Sky

It was the Chinese leader, Mao Zedong who said,  “Women hold half the sky”. NY Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn also wrote the book named “ Half the Sky”, in which they write about women’s impact in the world. They say that the answers to the world’s problems of poverty and extremism lie in the hands of women; if we educate women, we can abolish global problems around the world.

We do see great strategic points that Mao Zedong, Cristafo and WuDunn make on women holding half of the sky. The education of women would mean that women would have more power in the home. Women are the caretakers of the house and of the children; thus if a woman does well in the home and has more control with the finances, the children will be better off.

If a woman has more power in the workforce, they will become businesswomen rather than victims of sex trafficking in brothels. With more women in control and in politics, women can make better policies ( foreign and domestic) to benefit other women around the world who need not use their bodies for money.

Do you think that if a woman has more control in the home rather than her male counterpart, the family as a whole would be better? What is a man’s role in the home then, if women have control of the finances and the welfare of the children? Do you agree with Zedong, Kristoff and WuDunn- would educating women really solve all the world’s problems?


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