Sunday, August 23, 2009
This Sunday's New York Times Magazine is a special issue on international women's rights, Why Women's Rights Are the Cause of Our Time. The cover story, The Women's Crusade, is adapted from a book by Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof and former Times correspondent Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which will be published in September. In the book, Kristof and WuDunn write that the "paramount moral challenge" of the twenty-first century is "the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape." They write, "Yet if the injustices that women in poor countries suffer are of paramount importance, in an economic and geopolitical sense the opportunity they represent is even greater."
The issue also includes an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by Mark Landler, and other articles about women's rights and related issues. In addition, the Times website features an audio slide show.