Female empowerment is the process of making social power available to women at the same capacity of men in a traditionally patriarchal system. It is the active valuing of women’s inherent strength, capabilities, beauty, viewpoints, and wisdom in response to standards and expectations that have diminished them in relation to those of men in both public and private spheres. Female empowerment has been proven to aid positive economic, social, and political transformation in a male-dominated world.
“The head nun just started crying. Of course I like to make offerings and to honor. But in 20 years of doing this … it’s all been males. This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to honor a female.” - Head nun, Drupka nunnery about Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
You might think being a nun is very difficult and restrictive, but for them, ironically, it’s actually freedom from the alternative, which would be to get married, have a child every other year, work in the fields, work in the home, take care of their aged families, often while married to someone ...
Since the summer, Ms. Khan, a former architectural designer, has emerged as an eloquent and indefatigable public face of the maelstrom surrounding Park51, the Islamic community center and mosque that she and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, are trying to build two blocks north of ground zero.