*This is part 1 of a 2-part series on women’s empowerment.
The African scholar, Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey is quoted saying ‘If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.’ This is a debatable proclamation. Why? Because everyone has an interpretation of what the great scholar meant. Some will point out that men have had more impact in history than women. Similarly, others will go on and on about how tradition, religions and the society at large prospered in the absence of the current crusades to accommodate women.
Women’s History Month is celebrated annually, and this year it was slated for March 2019. The Atlanta City Council, in line with this year’s celebrations, recognized the women of Atlanta who contributed to the success and well being of the community at different levels. It was refreshing to witness the joy in the faces of the award winners, ranging from successful professionals like Doctor Rogsbert f. Phillips-Reed to the Frederick Douglass High School basketball ladies team players awarded for winning a tournament.
What stood out is the community’s appreciation of the role played by women in the American society. In contrast, women in Saudi Arabia live under the spotlight of their male counterparts throughout their lives. As is the law, a woman lives under the guardianship of the male members of her family.
Although the country is making progress in enhancing the rights of women, Saudi Arabia is years away from catching up with other nations around the message of women empowerment. This is unlike the way Atlanta celebrates women. There is even a woman who was elected to be Mayor which says something about the ways women can be represented here.
What do you think? Is Atlanta a place that empowers women to be leaders?