I just read this article from the New York Times Magazine and wanted to share it with you. It presents a compelling argument for providing economic aid specifically to women in the developing world due to a growing worldwide recognition that this is the most effective means of fighting global poverty and extremism.
Although this issue isn't really connected with my research on style blogs or fashion, it's one that's close to my heart. Women and girls are being treated appallingly all over the world right now and it's knowledge of the situation, as presented in articles like this one which could jumpstart essential changes to the lives of millions of people.
I really recommend that you read it, if not to be challenged to do something to help then at least to learn more (if you haven't considered it before) about what life might have been like if you were born as a girl in India where (the article writes) a “bride burning” takes place approximately once every two hours, to punish a woman for an inadequate dowry or to eliminate her so a man can remarry. Or in one of the poorer Asian countries, where you could be one of the one million children enslaved in the sex trade, locked in a brothel, fed just enough to keep you alive and sedated with drugs to both control you and to foster an addiction.
If you think this is sensationalist and that I should stop preaching because what can anyone really do anyway, I would argue that if the writers are correct in their argument that brutality against women and girls is the equivalent of slavery or totalitarianism in our century, then we don't have the luxury of complacency. And that we cannot let the immensity of the problem stymie us.