What Is The Oppression Of Women In Half The Sky Essay

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Women are being oppressed in much of the world but many are turning a blind eye to the situation. In the poorest, most poverty stricken countries of the world girls are seen as worthless. They are given no maternal or health care and little to no education because they are not perceived to be equivalent to men. These problems could be solved or greatly improved if they received the attention that they deserve. The oppression of women has been occurring for centuries but slowly women 's rights issues are gaining more attention. The authors of the book, Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take a conflict theorist perspective on these issues. Throughout the book they emphasize many of the problems that have risen from men being …show more content…
They are being oppressed and do not have the power to get out of their situation without our help. In order to keep these girls stuck in the vicious cycle they are not allowed to receive education, which leads them to be unemployable. Since they are unable to work they do not have the ability to accumulate money which diminishes their chances of being able to escape. Saima’s story is depicted in the book. She is a married women living Pakistan whose husband and family regularly beat her. Her life was miserable and nearly unbearable until she became involved in a successful microloan program. At first, her husband would not allow her to participate in this program but Saima promised him that she would receive money from they desperately needed the money so he allowed her to. The program allowed her to accumulate money which eventually led to her being the head of the household. As a result of this her life drastically improved. She gained financial authority which made her husband stop beating her. (185-192) Saima was able to overcome gender stratification and marginalization, she could not have done so without the help of the …show more content…
China is a great example of how women gaining rights could be a benefit to the entire community. China used to be one of the worst countries regarding women’s rights. In the early twentieth century baby girls were not even given names, they were called things like “No. 3 sister.” Girls in China were not educated, and often were sold into trafficking. With the help of Western imperialism Chinese girls are now educated, employable and are mostly seen as equals. Today, Chinese women dominate the household. Their employers also give them maternity benefits which would have been unforeseeable a few decades ago. Once women were allowed to participate in the workforce China’s economy began to boom. (205-209) If poverty stricken counties modeled China by beginning to use women in the workforce their economies would begin to boom as

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