The Myth of Women’s Empowerment – The New York Times

Since 1980s feminists, the term empowerment has thrived into today’s society; however, political mobilization, which gave women the empowerment, was lost. Many western organizations focus on giving non-western women items that tie in with a one-time economic cost, which no studies conducted have shown that any of these efforts have actually empowered women. How empowerment is viewed in society needs to change. Instead of showcasing victims that have now been given an economic item, like a chicken or sewing machine, that has “empowered” them, development organizations need to show an increase in women’s potential for political mobilization.

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