The New York Times: Evaluating Challenges Women Face

March 6th, 2012

The New York Times
March 6, 2012
By LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSA



NEW YORK — Just as many women in the United States are feeling under assault from conservatives threatening to impose restrictions on abortion rights and even contraceptives, the groundbreaking agency U.N. Women is marking its first year and hundreds of firebrands and activists are convening here for the third annual Women in the World meeting.

In the view of Tina Brown, a founder of the Women in the World foundation, and editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, the women’s movement is very much global. Indeed, she noted, “much of the movement today is coming in emerging nations,” in places like Uganda or the Arab world.

“They face challenges we can’t even begin to imagine,” Ms. Brown said.

Meanwhile, American women have gone through a horrific period, she said, their dignity under attack and their long-held rights at risk. “America has been put to shame,” she said. “American women now have to look overseas for inspiration.”

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