What is everyone reading?
I know we were working through Half the Sky, and I am just wondering where everyone is with their reading, and what you are reading?
I just finished The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz a few weeks ago, and absolutely loved it. I know it is one of the books highlighted on the World Pulse site. For me, it was very insightful, especially starting a non-profit and a social for-profit business. Ms Novogratz shared her experience as a young woman, and growing through the years through all of the complexities, beauty and disappointments that can accomapany being involved in work of this nature.
I learned A LOT about the business side of things, and taking away some of the naivete when getting involved in other people's lives from my western point of view...however genuine intentions can be.
Our business, In Her Hands, has the opportunity to receive some funding to then pass onto another organization working closely with young women from a local theatre group. This group consists of five women doing a dramatic presentation of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. They have chosen MotherKind to be the receptor of the donations that they give back into the community from ticket sales. We are looking into a couple of projects right now that help to get girls menstrual products who otherwise are missing, and dropping out of school for several reasons, but one being the fact that they have their period every month with little access to adequate supplies.
So....being a book entry...I just read the Vagina Monologues yesterday for the first time, since I thought I should at least have a clue what is going on when we show up to sell product at the event. I am still processing what I read. That is a whole other entry I think. but, it is amazing what women are willing to share and begin thinking about when given the opportunity to respond, especially since it is such a taboo thing in most places.
Even writing vagina is a really controversial thing in some ways...I sent an e-mail to one of the women in the theatre group through her work e-mail and it was censored, rejected and sent back to me because it contained the "V" word.
Anyway. Would love to hear what everyone is reading...I need a new book :)