The cure for Poverty

23 01 2014

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“The cure for poverty has a name, in fact: it’s called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control over the rate at which they reproduce, if you give them some say, take them off the animal cycle of reproduction to which nature and some doctrine—religious doctrine condemns them, and then if you’ll throw in a handful of seeds perhaps and some credit, the floor of everything in that village, not just poverty, but education, health, and optimism will increase. It doesn’t matter; try it in Bangladesh, try it in Bolivia, it works—works all the time.
Name me one religion that stands for that, or ever has. Wherever you look in the world and you try to remove the shackles of ignorance and disease, and stupidity from women, it is invariably the clergy that stands in the way.”

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