Just saw this book review on Slate this morning of a new book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The Slate reviewer makes it out to be an excellent survey of some of the most egregious forms of gender discrimination around the world. “Discrimination” may be a bad choice of words – oppression or tyranny might be more accurate.
The reviewer makes it sounds like the book follows the topics of Kristof’s columns fairly closely, with discussions of bride burning, the gendercide, the completely FUBAR social norms regarding rape in some parts of the world, sexual slavery and sweat shops.
Two facts from the article that stuck with me: 1) more women disappear in the “gendercide” every decade than were killed by ALL genocides in the 20th Century. 2) There are more women currently enslaved in brothels than there ever were Africans enslaved on American plantations.
Pretty hard to say that ANY other issue is as important in the human rights agenda for the 21st century.