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dreaming
Dreaming by Hartwig HKD is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

In a message for International Women’s Day (last Wednesday), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka UN Women Executive Director called for changes to be made by men and women worldwide to fight injustice. One of the most moving statements is:

 

We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.

What do you think? Certainly education plays a large role in exploring those dreams: to widen participation and nurture ambition. We would add that books are resources at the heart of learning beyond the classroom.

We highlight 8 women writers and activists this month on display in the LRC. These women are: Nawal al Sadaawi, Laura BatesChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Ursula Le Guin and Margaret Atwood. We hope to inspire students to read widely, to share their thoughts and experiences and to give support to other women and men so that everyone sees their potential.

Can books and reading really help in achieving all that? Lisa Bu is one woman who talks passionately about how reading and comparing books changed her life. Her outlook on the importance of dreams (even if they are shattered) is inspiring. Listen to her story in this 5 minute TED video:

 

Political women biographiesYou may have caught BBC2’s Hillary Clinton: the Power of Women which was broadcast on 25 March 2015. The programme looked at whether women’s situation in society has changed since Clinton made a speech expressing womens rights are a human right. Their rights are seen through the eyes of three other powerful women; former United States Secretary of States Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Condolezza Rice as well as women in Afghanistan, Egypt, India and Liberia who have tried to make the changes.

If you’d like to find out more about Hillary Clinton we have these biographies in our Learning Resources Centre:

A Woman in Charge: the Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Carl Bernstein

Hillary Clinton by Michael Burgan (easy read)

If you’re interested in more on women politicians take a look at :

Momentum: the Struggle for Peace, Politics and the People by Mo Mowlam

Everybody Matters: a Memoir by Mary Robinson

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler (easy read)

Dilma Rousseff by Catherine Chambers (easy read)

The Lady and the Peacock: the Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham

Angela Merkel by Claire Throp (easy read)

 


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