The Global Women’s Movement
“Women hold up half the sky and they are absolutely the equal of men,” declared the new leaders of China in 1949. Inspiring slogans aside, what is the status of women and their struggle for equality? While over the past few decades a global movement has emerged to promote women’s rights, it still faces such obstacles as the persistence of patriarchy and traditional notions of subordination and gender roles.
Loretta Ross is a leading voice for women’s rights nationally and internationally. As Director of the Center for Human Rights Education in Atlanta, she works closely with the poor and communities of color. She was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center, and she also directed the National Black Women’s Health Project.