Jimmy Carter's A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power; Signed by Him

  • A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

Item Number: 29087

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.

First edition, later printing. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jimmy Carter on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable and their children are trapped in war and violence. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. “A Call to Action reinforces [Carter’s] dedication to wiping out injustice—and his ability to move others to join his cause” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).