Learn more about women’s rights and women’s issues from around the globe this month during Women’s History Month!
A great place to start is the Global Issues in Context database. This database offers articles and multimedia offering international viewpoints on a wide variety of topics. If you Browse Issues and Topics, there is a topic called Women, Children, and the Family. This section contains links to issues in economic, social, political, and religious contexts. Topics include poverty, mental health, AIDS orphans, female circumcision, and property rights, among others.
Another wonderful work is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicolas Kristof. From the summary:
“Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.”
To search our library catalog for more books, DVDs, ebooks, and other items, go to http://library.elgin.edu and choose a Subject Search for subjects such as Women’s Rights, Women and War, Women Authors, or many other topics.
For comparison, in the United States women make up over half of the population (161 million women vs. 156 million men.) Women also comprise 56.8% of all college attendees. There are 1.6 million female veterans. Women still make on average only 77 cents for every dollar that men make.–Statistics (and more) from the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features.