Ascent of Women by Sally Armstrong

By Sally Armstrong

This booklet is set the ultimate frontier for girls: having regulate over your personal physique, even if in zones of clash, in rural villages, on collage campuses or on your personal kitchen. fresh experiences by way of economists corresponding to Jeffrey Sachs and social scientists corresponding to Isobel Coleman declare that ladies who achieve such control--who are usually not oppressed--are the main to fiscal justice and the top to violence in constructing nations round the world.

Daughters of the Revolution will describe the perilous trip that introduced girls up to now. it's going to inform the dramatic and empowering tales of change-makers and consider the beautiful braveness, tenacity and wit they're utilizing to change the established order. it's the tale of a dawning of a brand new revolution, whose chapters are being written in mud-brick homes in Afghanistan and on Tehrir sq. in Cairo; within the forests of the Congo the place girls nonetheless disguise from their attackers; and in a shield in northern Kenya the place one hundred sixty women among three and 17 are pursuing a ancient court docket case opposed to a central authority who didn't safeguard them from rape.

Women revolutionaries in Toronto and Nairobi, in Kabul and Caracas, in manhattan urban and Lahore are making heritage. girls across the world are marching to protest honour killing, polygamy, stoning and a dozen different religiously or culturally sanctified acts of violence. Sally Armstrong will convey us those voices from the barricades, inspiring and courageous.

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For instance, Raden Ayu Surio Hadikusumo, a sister of Kartini, argued that girls should be prepared at school ‘to become competent in an occupation by means of which they can later become financially independent’ or to learn how to be a good housewife, able to raise children, look after the health of the family and be ‘a life-companion of an educated and civilised man’. However, as might be expected of a sister of Kartini, she did not lose the opportunity to criticise the ‘social evils’ which she believed that education of girls would help eliminate: child marriage and polygamy.

Women would need to learn to speak in public, because ‘it is an inescapable fact that the ideas of men and women differ in many respects’. She pointed to a recent meeting of the social welfare organisation Maju Kemuliaan (Noble Advancement), where women repeatedly expressed their craving for knowledge ‘so as no longer to be fooled by men about things which we women can and must know for ourselves’. Cases in point for this midwife, drawn from her own hard experience, were the ignorance of girls about sex and pregnancy, and the dangers of venereal disease.

Colonial supporters of education for girls did indeed regard it as radical in the Indonesian context, but just as we know now that Western education 38 Women and the State in Modern Indonesia in the Indies created the largely unintended consequence of nationalism among its recipients, so it seems the European proponents of schooling for girls did not foresee its full consequences. Their words and actions had quite different reverberations in the Indies than they did back in Europe, giving rise to uncertainties, contradictions and conflicts, as well as emancipatory implications for many women of that time.

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