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Beacons of Hope
ISBN 1-874717-05-2
By Marion Verweij
Review by: Joslyn Sherry

5/15/04

This is a thin book, a little over 100 pages, but the information touched up on in this small volume is amazing. Verweij interviewed and researched women from across the world to bring some little talked about women’s issues into the light. Yes the information is out there but most of it is not in the public eye. Verweij’s work really brings it all together in one place.

I think this book would be good for an introduction to Women’s Study class because it touches upon issues such as female genital mutilation, something that American women are virtually unaware of. I think that the issues brought up in the volume could be used a jumping off point for future research. Through reading this book I felt empathy and a sense of empowerment. I think this was the author’s goal.

It’s an easy, educational, and empowering read. I’d recommend Beacons of Hope to anyone, regardless of gender, wanting to know more about the issues facing women around the world.

Beacons of Hope costs €11,00 plus shipping (approx $13.00 US) and can be ordered by contacting info@feminenza.nl . It can be ordered in English or Dutch.


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