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Ascent of Women: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother's Daughter Hardcover – Mar 5 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; Canadian First edition (March 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307362590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307362599
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Sally Armstrong is the war correspondent for the world’s women. Striding into Taliban-held Afghanistan with a burka over her six-foot frame, playing high-fives with a traumatized child rape survivor in the Congolese jungle, marching with the defiant grandmothers in Swaziland, she explores the darkest reaches of women’s experience and brings back astonishing news of hope, challenge and change. From Tahrir Square to Senegal, Armstrong discovers that the sisters are doing it for themselves—and revolutionizing the world.”
—Michele Landsberg, author of Writing the Revolution

“This book is Sally Armstrong at her best: engaging storytelling peppered with thoughtful analysis and passionate activism. Ascent of Women is at once heart-wrenching and inspiring, and a powerful reminder that the struggle for women’s equality continues. A must-read for men and women of every generation.”
—Dr. Samantha Nutt, author, Damned Nations, and founder, War Child

“Around the world, away from the spotlight, women and girls are overcoming tremendous obstacles to insist on their rights. Sally Armstrong found them when few other journalists even cared to know their names. This is their story. And our inspiration—a triumph of women’s empowerment and Sally Armstrong’s deep humanity and visionary journalism.”
—Anna Maria Tremonti, host of The Current on CBC Radio One

“This is not a book that romanticizes a small group of revered heroines but instead provides us such profound hope of how truly global, boundless and unstoppable the ascent of women and their leadership is. Armstrong’s clear prose, her funny anecdotes, and her keen sense of a huge untold story made this book so hard to put down. Through each chapter you learn how women’s rights activists are actually tackling the most difficult and protracted social and economic challenges of our time. This is a book the world needs to read.”
—Joanna Kerr, Chief Executive, ActionAid International

About the Author

SALLY ARMSTRONG is an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, holder of 7 honourary degrees, a teacher, journalist, human rights activist, and contributor to Maclean's, Chatelaine and the CBC. She is a member of the International Women's Commission, a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women, and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East. A bestselling author of Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan (2002) and Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan's Women (2008), she is also the author of a fact-based novel about her settler foremother, The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor.

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Format: Hardcover
Ascent of Women by Sally Armstrong

Parading before the reader is a world-wide eclectic demographic of women and their experiences. Sally leaves no stone unturned with her energetic quest to tell us who we are. We are women.

We are women who need our space and time on this planet to demonstrate what we can do. It doesn’t matter if we are considered untouchable as the resilient Gowramma, a Dalit in India, or have achieved great measures of success and recognition as Hilary Clinton, we are women.

From the racial bias that was paramount and found to exist in the murder of a young aboriginal woman in Canada to the bringing together of women of different cultures in the middle east, few women on this planet are privileged to have had such wide personal experience and skilled enough to write the stories of these women as Sally Armstrong.

In this book’s 255 pages, more than two-dozen women’s groups are described and countless different actions taken by women both in their local communities and globally. Each time a new group is listed and discussed, the reader wants to jump to the internet and learn more about the group; or, how may a contribution or support action be taken.

However, it is the experiences of individual women and girls that grab the reader’s conscious—how could that happen? Why? Who do we blame? Are we helpless in the face of this? The questions do not end. International law is cited. But international law protecting the rights of women and children cannot be just pretty words on paper. It must be respected by the world’s players—those countries that have signed onto and ratified these laws.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Running Pastor on Jan. 2 2014
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Though not an easy read (some quite graphic stories in there), it's a powerful read. I was deeply moved to read what is happening to women around the world … and more importantly, what they are doing about it. Fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rod Malay on Aug. 16 2013
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loved the book and the womem who wrote it...and her commitment to women in the worldand I have been promoting the book to all of my frienda
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