A well sourced and important workbook/toolkit, Take Action: Fighting for Women and Girls covers the basics of activism and advocacy and gives the reader specific information about four issues related to girls, women and gender equality. The power and importance of education, expanding economic opportunities, eliminating gender-based violence and participating in politics and public life. This book will help would-be activists start their work and stay focused and goal-oriented.
Stephenie Foster (she/her) has deep and broad expertise in women’s economic and political empowerment, with decades of experience on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch, the nonprofit sector, and the law. She has been fighting for women and girls her entire career – empowering women in Afghan war zones, monitoring elections in Ukraine, representing the U.S. State Department in meetings with government and civil society leaders, serving as a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate. Having traveled, lived, or worked in over 100 countries, she has consistently used her voice and actions to change discriminatory laws and policies and help shift cultural norms and inequalities. She is a founding partner of Smash Strategies, which provides strategic advice to corporations, institutions, and philanthropists to ensure that their investments in women and girls are effective and transformational. You can reach her at StephenieFoster.com.
Every small step we take has ripple effects in society. Whether your action is large or small it matters. Start in your home, school or community
You may decide that the most important thing you can do is raise awareness at home. If that is the case, then you can engage people at the grassroots level and make the case that people in your community should care about empowering women and girls. Each chapter in Take Action will give you some specific suggestions and ideas about how you can start RIGHT NOW to make a difference.