Recently I read the book "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, am reading "Half the Sky" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and heard former president Jimmy Carter, all championing the empowerment of women. In each case it shows how women have been and are still considered and treated less than equal to men. Carter left the Baptist Church for not recognizing the equality and rights of women.
The Roman Catholic Church does not recognize the equality and rights of women, thereby sending a message to the world it is OK to abuse, physically as well as mentally; deny equal rights in religious organizations, political and business venues.
Women in Third World countries and in superpowers are mutilated, raped and beaten just for being female. And the sex trade is more and more prevalent.
Pope Francis and Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville fall short of acknowledging the problem -- that is, until we realize that women are half the sky, there will not be justice and peace.
It is time the women of the world acknowledge and assert their rights and stand up for those who are less fortunate. If it is meant to be, it is up to me.