The central moral challenge of this century is gender inequality across the globe.
That’s the focus of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” the title being based on a Chinese proverb that women hold up half the sky.
For the 19th century, the moral challenge was slavery. For the 20th, it was totalitarianism.
But, for us, it’s the fact that 100 million women have disappeared from the globe because of the inequality in the way men and women are treated in so many parts of the world. (If you need proof, make sure you check out the story on Page 7A of the Sept. 21 N&O: “Shamed Afghan families dress girls as boys.”) Women are literally discriminated against to death, Kristof said during a talk at Meredith College in Raleigh on Monday as part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Presidential Lecture Series.