On my road trip to Kansas and back, I listened to “Half the Sky,” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It was a beautifully written, yet gut wrenching account of the lives of women in countries outside the United States. The book caught me off guard. I knew it was going to be intense, especially after hearing both Kristof and WuDunn speak on separate occasions at Willow. One of the hardest things for me in regards to the book’s contents, was trying to imagine life in the shoes of the girls described. That life is so far removed from how I live. Even in my current state of unemployment, I am better off than so much of the world’s population.
I have been so blessed! I have clothes to wear, I have the freedom of choosing to believe in Christ, I live in a house with wonderful family, I drive a car, and I even have the luxury of running water. When I speak, I am treated as an individual with a voice. My opinion matters.So many women across the world cannot say what I just wrote, without fear of severe punishment.
What a crazy thought.
“Half the Sky” talked about the overarching positivity of empowering women to be contributors in society. This makes me think – where do I undervalue my own contribution? Where do I think that I am not good enough, even when I am an active contributor? What is the truth?
What would happen if we empowered those around us to be societal contributors who have the voice of truth?
Would you dare to step out for what is right?