Your Essential How-To Guide to Gender Equality
Despite the promises of the suffragists and feminists women today are still at the bottom. They are at the bottom of corporations, the bottom of family units and the bottom of society. As a group, women have less money, influence and opportunity than men and men continue to hold the bulk of power in business and politics. Women continue to be subjected to violence, objectified, sexualized and sold for their bodies. So what went wrong?
Most people like to think that women have achieved equality and that women really only suffer in rare situations, inside families or in remote parts of the world. We think that the hard working NGO’s and advocates for women will eventually succeed in gaining equality and that feminism is unnecessary. We believe that as humans we will naturally evolve to a place where women will be treated fairly. But progress seems terribly slow
What many people do not know is this: Academics have been studying the sociology, politics and economics relating to women for many years. These experts know exactly why women are not advancing in their homes, in their communities and in society. They know precisely what’s really holding them back and why women remain second class citizens – in North America and around the world. The real culprit is not women, but rather our whole culture and out-dated mindsets.
This book is a synthesis of this rich research, written in plain language. It provides a succinct summary of the barriers but, more importantly an action plan consisting of 21 strategies to be used by anyone wishing to advance women, including:
- acknowledge our thousand-year-old hierarchy
- challenge male privilege
- end media sexualization and stereotyping
- explore our fear of strong women
- honor feminine intelligence
Unlike other books that blame religions, dictators, and third world problems such as the lack of education for girls, this book focuses on our whole societal operating system consisting of a male-centered institutions, dominance-based rules and archaic customs and beliefs – all of which hold women and girls back.
In an intelligent and compassionate manner, Fitzgerald taps the wisdom of hundreds of authors including Anne Wilson Schaef, Riane Eisler and Marianne Williamson. This book is a manifesto for every woman, man and child. It should be read by every mother, daughter, sister, brother, father and husband who truly wants women to reach their full potential.