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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250045282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250045287
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If there’s any confusion about the status of women’s rights, author, journalist, and women’s rights activist Armstrong has an update. The war has only just begun on diverse fronts the world over. In kitchens, schools, and communities spanning the planet from Africa to Afghanistan, Senegal to Syria, women are fighting the good fight just to gain recognition as humans worthy of human rights. Armstrong describes a scattering of actions including, but not limited to, lawsuits and public protests that challenge the misogyny embedded in just about every religion and culture. These small but significant victories over inhuman practices ranging from marital rape to female genital mutilation to denied education, when combined with burgeoning women’s international advocacy groups, chip away at centuries’ old patterns of abuse. Armstrong touches briefly on how and when such systemic sexism began, but, of course, no one knows why. This is as much a rallying cry as a record of the modest but significant strides of brave women wresting power that is rightly theirs from the grip of institutionalized chauvinism. --Donna Chavez

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 “It’s an inspired gathering of women activists, their experiences, their visions, and their rising across the planet. It’s fantastic to have all these voices collected in one place, which makes evident the diverse, compelling, undeniable, and soon to be victorious women’s movement across the planet.”
—Eve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, performer, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues

“In this remarkably moving and fascinating book, Sally Armstrong will introduce you to the extraordinary women and girls across the globe who have inspired her and who are working to create a new world.”
—Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club

“A feminist’s guide to action.”
Toronto Star

“Heart-wrenching, inspiring, and a powerful reminder that the struggle for women’s equality continues. A must-read for men and women of every generation.”
—Dr. Samantha Nutt, author of Damned Nations

“A smart, in-depth book.”
—Madeline Di Nonno, Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute

“Around the world, women and girls are insist [ing] on their rights. Armstrong found them when few other journalists even cared to know their names.”
—Anna Maria Tremonti, CBC Radio One Host

“Sally Armstrong is the war correspondent for the world’s women.”
—Michele Landsberg, author of Writing the Revolution

“Many of the stories in [Uprising] have escaped the wider world’s attention; Armstrong literally tramped through deserts and jungles to find them. The result is bound to shock; its details may make readers shudder and weep, but it will reignite hope in the most jaded of spirits.”
Winnipeg Free Press

"Women of all persuasions will appreciate Armstrong's in-depth, passionate exploration of this important topic.”
Kirkus

"a rallying cry as a record of the modest but significant strides of brave women wresting power that is rightly theirs from the grip of institutionalized chauvinism."

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If you have ever been made to feel shame for being a woman, you need to read this book.
Saralyn Shen
This book takes work, but it is worth the effort, and it has a good index which helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on April 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Uprising is an invigorating, eye-opening, tragic yet inspiring look at the status of women in some of the most oppressive countries and cultures in the world. Author Sally Armstrong's premise is simple and compelling--that even in places where women's rights have been severely curtailed, where they have been subjected to violence, rape, genital mutilation, harassment and murder--a new age is dawning. Her 25 years of experience reporting on women's issues worldwide has given her a unique perspective and added strength to her claim. Not only have women gained rights to education and political and economic power, but international economists and world leaders are linking economic development, the end to military conflict, and improvements in health directly to a country's treatment of its women.

Economist Jeffery Sachs, Armstrong reports, has found a direct correlation between women's status and the economic security of a given nation. Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy, has asserted that "Countries which oppress their women are doomed to be failed states." Hilary Clinton has claimed that "In country after country we have seen women help push peace agreements to the finish line." With world leaders backing women's rights as they have never before, change, Armstrong believes, is at a tipping point.

"[N]ow the threads required for serious progress on human rights have started to weave themselves together into a tapestry of change. You want a better economy? Put women to work. Your health system is lagging? Improve maternal and infant health care. War is your problem? Bring women to the negotiating table. Is poverty stuck at unacceptable levels? Ask your women to make the budget." (p.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Saralyn Shen on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Everyone needs to read this book. If you are a woman, you need to read this book. If you have a daughter, mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, you need to read this book. If you are a member or follower of the One Billion Rising movement, you need to read this book. If you have ever been made to feel shame for being a woman, you need to read this book.

If you ever asked why women think they are unequal, read this book. If you have ever closed your eyes to violence against women because you thought, or were made to feel like it wasn’t your place to intervene, read this book. If you have ever hurled “feminist” at a woman like it’s a slur, read this book.

The author Sally Armstrong is a human rights activist and journalist. Uprising is the culmination of her time in the field over the course of her journalism career and a gift to those who might find feminist theory difficult to understand. She speaks with a straightforward voice, has done and lived her research, and knows her facts. It’s hard to face those facts and deny that inequality exists. This kind of violence is still happening. Violence against women is current. It is happening right now.

Armstrong talks about the realities of topics such as rape in warfare, marital rape, honor killings, forced child marriages, genital mutilation, poverty, religious scriptures, and cultural traditions on women, regardless of culture or age. Interwoven with these topics, she shares legal action being taken, right now, by women all over the globe, rising up to become a force of change in their worlds. Better still, Armstrong introduces us to the women she has met and interviewed who stand at the front of these waves.
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Format: Kindle Edition
True emancipation of women around the world has been long overdue. "Uprising" documents the beginning of the realization of that goal for America and Europe and that dream for more than a hundred other countries. Sally Armstrong is a brilliant and beautiful journalist and she has not only documented the gruesome facts of torture, abuse and demeaning of women, but also she has clearly explained the gains to be had by cultures and economies from liberating women. Even a cursory consideration of the benefits that come from including women in the debates and decisions in areas such as education, health and welfare, arts and economics are enough to convince even the most macho skeptic of the wisdom and desirability of women's liberation. The subjugation is a sad but understandable fact of human history; social and technological progress have rendered it both unnecessary and intolerable. I believe Sally Armstrong's book, "Uprising," is to human history what Albert Einstein's theory of relativity was to physics. We should rejoice for the fact of the "Uprising" and lionize Sally Armstrong for telling us that truth so brilliantly.
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An amazing read, but not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to hear about some unspeakable acts against women, but also to hear about their resilience and amazing strength to fight for a better future for their daughters. You will be inspired, shed a few tears, and then finally be proud to hear about what so many women around the world are doing to make a change. Also be prepared to feel moved to lend your own efforts to the cause. Luckily, Ms. Armstrong provides a complete reference section to help you connect with any group that you feel inspired to reach out to. This is a must read for any woman who feels connected to our sisters across the sea and is willing to no longer just read the news reports, but start to make a difference.
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Sally Armstrong
The earth is shifting under the status of women. UPRISING tells a remarkable story about women claiming their own space - against all odds - and how this shift from oppression to emancipation will improve the economy, reduce poverty and curtail conflict. Sally Armstrong, also known as the war correspondent for the world's women, has been following the action on the front line for women and girls in Bosnia, Egypt, Congo, The Middle East, Afghanistan and America for twenty-five years. She says the manifesto for this revolution is being written in mud-brick huts in Afghanistan and on Tehrir Square in Egypt and in the forests of the Congo, as well as on the streets of Kenya, where 160 girls sued their government for failing to protect them from being raped, and won, and in Pakistan, where Malala Yousafzai, is fighting for the rights of all girls. Armstrong has been an eye witness to the worst atrocities and is now the first to write about the astonishing changes that are happening in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Her eye-witness reporting has earned her many awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Canada Media Award in 2000, 2002 and again in 2011. She was a member of the International Women's Commission a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East.

Uprising: A new age is dawning for every mother's daughter is being published on March 4 2014 by St. Martins Press in New York.

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