Carol Crossed Calls Chai Ling, Author of "A Heart for Freedom," the Susan B. Anthony of Our Day

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Carol Crossed is the president of the newly restored Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts.

Chai Ling's new book, A Heart for Freedom

Girls are disappearing by the millions, and Chai Ling believes that it must end.

If Susan B. Anthony could be with us today, I believe she would be doing the very thing Chai Ling has taken on as her life mission: rescuing girls and mothers from China’s one-child policy and from gendercide.

The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA, recently concluded its event series with a talk by All Girls Allowed Executive Director Brian Lee. Lee, who studied gendercide at Harvard University, spoke about the impact of China’s one-child policy, instituted 30 years ago, and how it contributes to gendercide, the systematic killing of girls by the millions. Both the audience and Lee compared Chai Ling, the only female leader at the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democracy Movement and founder of All Girls Allowed, with Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), tireless fighter for human rights and the vote for women.

“If Susan B. Anthony could be with us today,” said Lee, “I believe she would be doing the very thing Chai Ling has taken on as her life mission: rescuing girls and mothers from China’s one-child policy and from gendercide. Just as suffrage represented the inherent life, value and dignity of women in America and their contribution to this society, so also do the women of China deserve that same recognition. But they not only lack the ability to vote—they are denied the most basic of rights, the right to life.”

“Girls are disappearing by the millions because of prenatal sex selection, and Chai Ling believes that it must and can end. This same audacity of vision was what enabled Susan B. Anthony to inspire millions of Americans to recognize the inherent worth of every female,” said Lee in his talk to an audience at the Birthplace Museum.

Nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, Ling recently published her story, "A Heart for Freedom" (Tyndale House Publishers, 2011). Carol Crossed, Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum president, describes the book as “a clearly written treatise on Ling’s journey from Traditional Chinese family, to Beijing student activist, to American Harvard-educated capitalist, to faith-filled penitent.”

In her book, Ling describes how her harrowing escape out of China, making her way eventually to Boston, forces her to face her past and how her youth and idealism masks her culpability in former relationships. “These relationships unveil themselves in a painfully candid revelation about abortion, not only those that are forced upon women in China, but her own,” says Crossed.

“Ling’s unraveling of China’s one-child policy and its conflagration with gendercide, or the killing of baby girls in utero, brings her to a place where she can accept and understand the meaning of her own existence: to save Chinese mothers and their daughters from the inherent cultural and political abuse that has been their destiny. Ling is the Susan B. Anthony of our day.”

"A Heart for Freedom" is available from the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum gift shop, Amazon.com and other outlets.

The Birthplace Museum holds many provocative programs and events, which attempt to make history relevant to today. For information, call 413-743-7121 or send an e-mail to info(at)susanbanthonybirthplace(dot)org.

About the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum

In 2006 Birthplace Museum founders took on the task of restoring the house, which had been vacant for 11 years and formally privately owned. The Birthplace Museum opened in the spring of 2010. This rural, Federal-style home, now listed in the National Register, contains a portrait gallery, legacy room, and birthing room—depicting family and work life in the early 1800s—as well as authentic period pieces, ephemera, and a detailed timeline. http://www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org

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