On September 17, 2015, the Roosevelt Institute and Ford Foundation hosted a launch for the book Women and Girls Rising: Progress and resistance around the world. With a keynote by Shahra Razavi of UN Women, the event also celebrated of the 20th anniversary of the historic UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
The book was developed out of the Women and Girls Rising: Historical Reflections and Future Prospects conference hosted by the Roosevelt Institute in September 2014.
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that improvements in the status of women and girls – however worthy and important in their own right – also drive the prosperity, stability, and security of families, communities, and nations. Yet despite many indicators of progress, women and girls everywhere – including countries of the developed world – continue to confront barriers to their full and equal participation in social, economic, and political life.
Capturing voices and experiences from around the world, this work documents the modern history of the global women’s movement – its many accomplishments and setbacks. Drawing together prominent pioneers and contemporary policymakers, activists, and scholars, the volume interrogates where and why progress has met resistance and been slowed, and examine the still unfinished agenda for change in national and international policy arenas. This history and roadmap are especially critical for younger generations who need a better understanding of this rich feminist legacy and the intense opposition that women’s movements have generated.