Monday, July 27, 2015

Empowering Women

From the Des Moines Register:

When Raha Moharrak’s parents told her it was time for her to marry, she decided she wasn’t a toaster — as in “Ping! It’s ready” — the Saudi Arabian woman told a Drake University audience last week. “I wasn’t ready.” She was 25, and not interested in giving up her job, car or independent life in Dubai. Nor was she up for the demeaning ritual in which “You get all dolled up, get on stage and dance at a wedding, and wait for some Mom to see you and say, ‘She’s good for my son.’ ”

Instead, Moharrak climbed Mount Everest. There were smaller mountains first, but the indignation already smoldering in her caught fire after she heard a woman talk about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and said she wanted to do it, too. “But you’re Saudi,” someone replied.

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