For Our Daughters
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About the book . . .FOR OUR DAUGHTERS For Our Daughters looks at the status of women and the powerful role society's institutions, particularly religion, play. Having spent his formative years in India and his adulthood in Indiana, Mohit draws from east and west in an unusually fresh and distinctive perspective. Story after story, some familiar, many new, build the inevitable case. The book, his second, is divided into a prologue, six chapters that trace the institutional roots of exploitation and subjugation, bibliography and index. Dedicating his book to Granny D, Mohit reminds us that anyone willing to act can bring change. Prologue - Mohit briefly sets out the argument that he amplifies in the following chapters, pointing out the continued existence of male supremacy, that individual action is necessary to end discrimination and that essential elements in winning equality are education, financial freedom and political freedom. He provides three avenues available to women in furthering their agenda: influencing public opinion, controlling and boycotting selected media and developing grass roots movements. Section One: Religious-apartheid - In his opening chapter, the author establishes the dominance of man. "In the annals of humankind, women seldom appear, and whenever they do their roles have no major significance. What they can and cannot do, largely depends on the men in their lives" - men whose actions are rooted in their religious (and resulting political and cultural) beliefs. He quotes from divine books statements of women's inferiority showing the belief firmly rooted in every major religion: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Oriental religions (Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism and others), and Judaism. Section Two: Exploitation - The first examples are from the 1990's. 1992, Uttar Pradesh: job exploitation. 1998, India, the sex trade: auction of women, ages 16 - 30. 1998, India, aid refused to the sick and dying. Other narratives of exploitation follow in subchapters: The Early Era: The Decline of Status: War and Women: Shame on American Soil: King has All the Gold, His Rules are the Golden Rules: Women and the U.S. Armed Forces. Section Three: Revolution - At times, women revolt. Their stories: Women fight the advent of patriarchal faith: the biblical women who defy Jeremiah and Messene of ancient Greece. Women, as leaders and foot soldiers, fight for their countries: the Trung sisters of Vietnam, Lakshmi Bai of India, Vera Krylova of the USSR, Taraman Bibi of Bangladesh, Joan of Arc, Sultana Razia of Delhi, Deborah Gannet and Mary Ludwig McCauley of Revolutionary America, Theriogne de Mericourt, Manon Roland, and others of Revolutionary France. Then men formalize legal control over women across Europe. In subchapters: Irrational Bias - women revolt in the professions. Industrial Revolution and Women - further shrinking of woman's rights. Struggles for Liberation and The Final Struggle - fights for equality from Mary Dyer to the suffragists. Content with acquiring the vote, women drift back to their shells. Section Four: Post-revolution - The partitioning and independence of India tells the tragedy of one hundred thousand abducted women. What Happened Elsewhere documents other contemporary plights of women. Modern Women drawing from The Feminine Mystique discusses abdication back to the traditional role - a woman's place is in the home. What's Happening at Home records studies and situations that assess women's status today. War and Women points out that it is women, whose leadership can prevent war as well as curb today's prevalent violence. Section Five: Freedom - Religion and U.S. politics: women's rights regarding their bodies, closing the National Center on Women and Family Law, domestic violence. The subchapter, Women's Right on Children moves from the Quranic view to the U.S. and on to the plight of unwanted children. Abortion is a Political Issue shows religion used for political gain. Education deals with literacy. Lone Crusader records actions by impoverished third world women, concluding that greater participation of women in the political arena can make the world safer. The Elusive Freedom uses Japan to illustrate that education will not by itself win equality and that the shortcoming in our own democracy is inertia. The End Game: financial freedom is critical to independence. Economic success stories from the third world show impoverished women who have established businesses through small bank loans such as those provided by Yunus in Bangladesh. Section Six: Intelligence - Mohit takes some serious and some tongue-in-cheek looks at the relative intelligence of men and women. The Human Brain-An Enigma deals with anatomy: Process of Intelligence covers differences in processing information. He concludes the book with computers and cloning in Human Males, On the Way to Obsolescence?