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The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report is current. It covers the plight of women and girls—strangled at birth, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, genital cutting, deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others. And the most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.

He addresses the adverse impact of distorted religious texts on women, by Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. Special verses are often omitted or quoted out of context to exalt the status of men and exclude women. In a remark that is certain to get attention, Carter points out that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.

Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa’s practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers.

Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center. This is an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against half the world’s population. It comes from one of the world’s most renowned human rights advocates. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A tour de force of the global abuse and manipulation of women, including statistics that will stun most readers with details that cannot be ignored…The scope of the material is astounding…A Call to Action should not only be required reading in America but should also serve as the template for a complete reinterpretation of the religious views behind our treatment of each other, to discover what he claims is the true meaning behind the miracle of creation.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • 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

  • “Former U.S. president Carter here responds to a pervasive denial of equal rights to women, which he believes causes tangible harm to both sexes. He writes that many manifestations of gender discrimination result from incorrect interpretations of religious texts to justify a belief that men and boys are superior to women and girls. Carter methodically identifies the many ways in which women suffer discrimination and violence, providing specific examples from around the world…Many of the narratives conclude with information about successful programs or dedicated leaders who offer solutions to the problems described. Verdict: Women’s studies scholars and readers interested in international human rights may find these accounts of discrimination and abuse disturbing but should be challenged to respond to Carter’s call for action.”

    Library Journal

  • “The former president and indefatigable humanitarian writes again, this time linking worldly woes that ‘fall disproportionately on women and girls’…Carter’s long list of solutions is commonsensical, if sure to tick off the patriarchy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Carter’s narration in his signature Georgia drawl is slightly indistinct, which can make it a bit difficult to understand at times, but hearing his ideas in his own voice gives an additional dimension and authority to the work. Carter touches on discriminatory practices that have subjugated women, violence and abuse directed at women, and how religious texts are used to legitimize practices that keep women on a level unequal to that of men. His timely call for equal rights and opportunity for women is sure to raise consciousness on this global issue.”


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About the Author
Author Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight, and Our Endangered Values. He has received many awards and accolades throughout his lifetime, including the Nobel Peace Prize and a Grammy for Best Spoken Word album in 2006.