Power Shift

Power Shift

The Longest Revolution

Written by: Armstrong, Sally
From the series: CBC Massey Lectures

Bestselling author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong argues that humankind requires the equal status of women and girls.

The facts are indisputable. When women get even a bit of education, the whole of society improves. When they get a bit of healthcare, everyone lives longer. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a woman: a fundamental shift has been occurring. Yet from Toronto to Timbuktu the promise of equality still eludes half the world’s population.

In her 2019 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong illustrates how the status of the female half of humanity is crucial to our collective surviving and thriving. Drawing on anthropology, social science, literature, politics, and economics, she examines the many beginnings of the role of women in society, and the evolutionary revisions over millennia in the realms of sex, religion, custom, culture, politics, and economics. What ultimately comes to light is that gender inequality comes at too high a cost to us all.

Bestselling author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong argues that humankind requires the equal status of women and girls.

The facts are indisputable. When women get even a bit of education, the whole of society improves. When they get a bit of healthcare, everyone lives longer. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a woman: a fundamental shift has been occurring. Yet from Toronto to Timbuktu the promise of equality still eludes half the world’s population.

In her 2019 CBC Massey Lectures, award-winning author, journalist, and human rights activist Sally Armstrong illustrates how the status of the female half of humanity is crucial to our collective surviving and thriving. Drawing on anthropology, social science, literature, politics, and economics, she examines the many beginnings of the role of women in society, and the evolutionary revisions over millennia in the realms of sex, religion, custom, culture, politics, and economics. What ultimately comes to light is that gender inequality comes at too high a cost to us all.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc - Sep 17, 2019
Specifications 304 pages | 5 in x 8 in
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PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND POWER SHIFT:

“This is a far-reaching account of the plight of women and girls throughout history and across continents, often told via the moving personal stories of survivors who have endured sexism’s many atrocities … With her thorough research and undeniable gift for personal storytelling, Armstrong dispels faulty beliefs and damaging myths; lays bare horrific injustices; and illuminates a variety of economic, political, and cultural truths … An ambitious and thoroughly convincing undertaking.” — Quill & Quire

PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND ASCENT OF WOMEN:

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“For every tragic, no-hope-for-humanity-level injustice in Ascent of Women, there’s a corresponding story of triumph.” — Globe and Mail

“Armstrong writes that women in the Congo, in Senegal, in India, in Pakistan and other countries the world over are questioning their oppression and banding together to make positive change … Armstrong’s stories are difficult to hear, but do contain grains of hope.” — Vancouver Sun

PRAISE FOR SALLY ARMSTRONG AND VEILED THREAT:

“Sally Armstrong views Afghanistan through the eyes of its women. Her story [of Dr. Sima Samar] is one of hope and triumph, as are most of the tales in this straightforward, uplifting volume.” — Washington Post

“Veiled Threat’s strength lies in its empirical portrayal of the injustices and inhumanities visited upon the Afghan people, especially woman and girls … [and] is to be applauded for its emotionally gripping disclosure of suffering and injustice.” — Globe and Mail

“A brief but brilliant book about the hidden power of the women of Afghanistan … written in blazingly clear language, blessedly free of academic pretensions.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Emotionally demanding reading … a passionate portrayal of recent events in Afghanistan from the perspective of a committed, feminist outsider.” — Hamilton Spectator

“A powerful book that shows how women can change the world.” — Toronto Sun