October 1, 2015
- Global Studies
- World Cultures
- Women’s Studies
Although the book has fascinating technological fixes like plastic bottle solar lights and key hole gardens (Technology or Biology) other ideas involve legal changes like Universal Birth Registration and new Inheritance Rights for widows (Economics or Law). Some additional ideas include change in traditions like the eradication of forced marriages of girls, or replacing female genital mutilation with alternative rites of passage (Sociology, World Studies, Humanities).
Teachers can use the book with the whole class or for individual projects. Exploration can look at regions of the world or develop over select topics like health, finances, or technology, to mention a few. Teachers can plan group or individual web based research or community service projects as suggested within each program description. Teachers/learners can then contact experts and program leaders for further information and consultation.
Each topic /program is described in succinct language, with color coded negative and positive aspects, exquisite pictures, quotes from experts, suggestions on what individuals and/or schools can do, and resources for further exploration.
The Afterward provides the educator with an exceptional list of supporting movies and videos, women humanitarian tech stars to study/contact, service opportunities and more.
If you are not an educator, this would be a perfect gift for your favorite teacher, your local school library, or a young adult. It challenges one’s creativity, one’s sense of possibility and one’s integrity (service projects) as it offers an alternative view of the future in which women, children and the planet are valued and justice gives way to peace, health and sustainability.
Thank you, Betsy Teutsch!”
Maryanne Schiller, teacher, Philadelphia, Pa.