|THE PAULA GORDON SHOW|
|The Multiple Benefits of Treating Women as Humans|
To solve the massive problems now menacing humanity, liberate women, concludes Michelle Goldberg. An award-winning investigative reporter, she urges strong U.S. support for the rights of women. “In today's world, women's rights are a harmonizing and stabilizing force, and reproductive rights in particular are increasingly enshrined in international law,” she reports.
Give women control over their own fertility, they will make the right decisions. “Whether you’re worried about over population or under population, women's rights are the answer.”
Ms. Goldberg carefully studied the range and tactics of opponents to women’s rights in a world where she says, women are too often simply dismissed as less than fully human.
“(These people and organizations) are working under the guise of fighting for the authenticity of cultures. Having written my first book which was about religious fundamentalism in American politics, I have seen these movements increasingly branch out, increasingly globalized. They have their own means of support whether its coming from American evangelicals, from the Vatican, from Iran or from Saudi Arabia.
“Women have the right -- the right -- to decide the number and spacing of their children. That is the wording of a human rights declaration signed in the sixties in Tehran. Then it follows they need some way to do that. People in the U.S. take access to family planning and contraception services for granted. They don't understand how politicized and fraught access to family planning services is around the world."
Knowing that “women's rights” can seem vague, Ms. Goldberg gets specific.
She shows a direct connection between patriarchy and rapid population decline.
[This Program was recorded April 10, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.]
In the 300-year old spirit of the Enlightenment, Michelle Goldberg has done what we should expect of good journalists. She has gone out to find the evidence which allows us, requires us, to separate the truthful from the blatantly false. We thank her.
Mary Ann Mason has succeeded in enhancing possibilities for women in colleges and universities.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' account of early human lifestyles in The Old Way provides unexpected insights into the prehistoric roles of women.
Carolyn Jessop's experience within the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints provides a powerful argument against blind acceptance of "traditional cultures."
Educating girls and young women is a prime key to economic development. Three Cup of Tea describes Greg Mortenson's work in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Susan Faludi shows how the false mythologies of the helpless female and the protective male have corrupted American society.
Christine Loh helped found the opposition party in Hong Kong. Her courageous willingness to confront, when necessary, the government of the Peoples' Republic of China is an example to all of us.
Aminatta Forna's novel Ancestor Stones is a retelling of the stories West African women told to sustain their communities ... and their substantial influence.
Women, democracy and Islam are the focus of Geneive Abdo's No God But God.
The risks Claudine André has taken to establish a sanctuary for endangered bonobos in war-torn Congo is inspirational.
Millie Monks' memoir has become a touchstone for women struggling to cope with madness in their families.
On Becoming Fearless is Arianna Huffington's advice to her daughters on avoiding fear-induced intimidation and oppression.