At the Women in the World Summit, Hillary Clinton wondered, “Why extremists always focus on women is a mystery to me.”
“Women, War & Peace” illustrates the power of women to challenge the male-dominated structure of the peacemaking process, formulating their own version of pushback.
Journalist Mona Eltahawy grabbed the audience’s attention with her opening line, “I’m Muslim, I’m a feminist, and I’m here to confuse you. It’s not just about headscarves and hymens.”
Listening to women from the audience, it was clear that a sense of validation was achieved from their blogging contributions. One woman reveled in the realization that online, she was understood.
An Interview with Elizabeth Lesser at the Omega Institute’s “Women in Power” Conference – September 2009
Madeleine Albright’s most arresting comment was the analogy, “Women in a country are like the canary in the coal mine.”
As parents sought to navigate a situation where their healthy daughters had become sick and, in the worse case scenario – died, they turned to the Internet for answers. Scouring the web for information, checking message boards and chat rooms, they found out that their predicament was not isolated.
Editor-in-Chief of “Salon.com,” Joan Walsh, believes “things are much better than they’ve ever been.” On the role of new media as a catalyst she said, “It’s a new landscape and women can make more inroads.
Calling George Mitchell!! Forget the Middle East. Your services are needed in the sprawling community of women who have different visions of “feminism.”
The future strength of women’s advocacy lies in the ability to be more tolerant of different points of view.