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.
Although more women are in the workforce today than ever before, women still carry the emotional and physical list of what is going on with the household and the family. We saw this clearly during the pandemic lockdowns.
Changing the culture takes all of us, it also takes everyone speaking up..whether in their home, community or workplace.
Take Action: Fighting for Women & Girls shows us steps that anyone can take ...at any comfort level to create a more equitable world for women & girls.
Because we all “agree” that this is “normal,” boys have been socialized to be active, to lead, and to speak their minds. Girls are socialized to be polite, to be good listeners, and to be consensus builders. These gender norms reinforce the idea that men deserve and in fact are endowed with power, and that women do not have power unless they somehow “earn” it or are explicitly given permission to wield it. Norms about who “naturally” exercises power and position underlie many of the traditional views we have of men and women and their place in society, and also inform ongoing policy debates about pay, pregnancy and parenting discrimination, sexual violence, access to health care, and access to education.