Book Giveaway: Uprising – A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter

2014 March 16
by Grace Boyle

Women used to be viewed as victors of poverty and illiteracy, of violence and seemingly unbreakable cultural traditions. Melanie Verveer, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues says, “Promoting the status of women is not just a moral imperative but a strategic one; it’s essential to economic prosperity and to global peace and security. It is, in other words, a strategy for a smarter foreign policy.”

As I paged through Sally Armstrong’s new book, Uprising – A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter I scribbled notes in the sidebar, underlined quotes and shook my head in disbelief. Armstrong, a humanitarian and journalist, gets right to the core and heart of women’s plight, struggles and successes – all around the world and as she laid out facts, stories and new future visions, I rode the wave right alongside her in awe.

Uprising Book

Some of her stories of women are appalling and hurt my heart. But they must be read. We can no longer ignore what’s happening around us. Sometimes, it was hard to read and sometimes, you’re so inspired you want to jump out of your chair. She take a holistic view at historical evolution, cultures, careers, and uncovers many women’s personal stories. By giving these women a platform and voice, it is time that these issues of race, rape, inequality, war and fear no longer be ignored or turned a blind eye to.

What was always evident, in every story, these women never seemed to falter. By going through some of the worst situations imaginably, they still have hope. They still are brilliant and shining with vision. It’s also a balancing act and it’s not about bashing men. At all. It’s about opening up our eyes globally to equality.

As Margot Franssen, a businesswoman who brought the Body Shop franchise to Canada says in the book, “When women aren’t included in the conversation, in equal rights, when they don’t have the whole menu of opportunity, it affects the entire world. We need to invest money in women and girls so they can sit at the table and bring their voices to the table. WE need the men too.”

I think this is a book every woman (and man really) should read. I’m excited to be giving away two copies of this newly published book to Small Hands, Big Ideas readers.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment here sharing the story of a woman you respect and admire most in your life. I will be announcing two winners by March 28th.

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  • Danielle

    Thanks for letting us know about this book. I’m definitely going to add it to my list of books to read.

    I just finished reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s about her hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and what she learns about herself as she hikes further. I admired her strength and honesty throughout the book, especially since she lost her mother at such a young age.

    That part of the story – losing her mom, has really made me think a lot lately about my own mom and how much she has done for our family. It wasn’t always easy for her or us, but today she is one of my best friends and the person I most often turn to for advice, because she has experienced so much in her lifetime already.

  • Nennam

    This book sounds interesting!
    My grandma is the strongest and most powerful woman I know. She is also kind and positive in every way. I adore her. She has taught me so much and has always been there for me and my sisters.

  • Deighan

    My mother Theresa, who raised 5 self sufficient kids with a husband who was ill. She worked full time, took care of us, raised us with life long great values where all 5 of us get along great, and public assistance!

  • Diane Denbaum

    Looking forward to reading this book!!

  • sheila ross

    Grace this looks like powerful reading and I hope many people take you up on the recommendation. So proud of the subjects you put your attention on–the world needs your generation badly to start steering things in a better direction.

  • Liliana

    I think of all the women who every day are struggling in their roles as women, mothers, wives and workers.

    To those women victims of domestic violence who are struggling to get their identity. The world needs to protect and empower women.

  • http://graceboyle.com/ Grace Boyle

    Congrats, you won Diane!

  • http://graceboyle.com/ Grace Boyle

    Sheila congrats you won! We’ll be sending the book your way.