I want to convey just how tragic the situation is for girls and mothers in China, and paint a picture of hope that something can be done to make a difference, and that Americans can be a part of that.
Adams, MA (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
Brian Lee, Executive Director for the education and advocacy group All Girls Allowed, will speak about the impact of China’s 31-year-old one-child policy at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, 67 East Road, Adams, MA, 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 23, 2011. The talk is part of the Birthplace Museum’s lecture series. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Instituted by the Chinese government in September 1980, the one-child policy has led to female gendercide, abandonment of daughters, child trafficking and violations of women’s reproductive rights. All Girls Allowed, founded in June 2010 by Chai Ling, two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former chief student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democracy Movement, works to raise awareness and mobilize the global community to advocate against the cruel methods used to enforce the one-child policy.
Lee, who heads All Girls Allowed out of Boston, says, “I want to convey just how tragic the situation is for girls and mothers in China, and paint a picture of hope that something can be done to make a difference, and that Americans can be a part of that.”
Lee will discuss the book written by All Girls Allowed founder Chai Ling, "A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China’s Daughters." Chai Ling led many of the hunger strikes and demonstrations during the Tiananmen Square government reform protests in 1989.
Today, an alarming gender imbalance exists in China. The one-child policy, coupled with China’s traditional preference for males, has experts predicting that by 2020, China will be home to 40 million more men than women under the age of 20. That number is equivalent to the total population of men under 20 in the U.S. To this day, little has changed with regard to the one-child policy, and there is little inclination from the Chinese government to end it.
Other talks in October include:
Sunday, October 2: Anthropologist Emily Button will explore how women’s roles as economic and social leaders developed in New England communities in the absence of men. 3:00 pm at the Birthplace Museum.
Wednesday, October 5: Birthplace Museum Site Manager Sean Carollo will speak about how historical houses help to provide insight about those who lived there. 6:00 pm at Bascom Lodge, atop Mt Greylock, Adams, MA.
Lee is the last speaker in the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum’s 2011 lecture series.
To be notified of future events, send your contact information to the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum at info(at)susanbanthonybirthplace(dot)org.
About All Girls Allowed
Through education, advocacy, strategic partnerships, and legal defense, All Girls Allowed strives to end gendercide, educate abandoned orphans, rescue trafficked children and defend mothers. For more information, see http://www.allgirlsallowed.org.
About The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum and Gift Shop:
The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum was recently restored, and opened in the spring of 2010. The birthplace museum is dedicated to raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the great social reformer, Susan B. Anthony, a pioneering human rights leader.
Hours of operation:
Fall/Winter (Columbus Day-Memorial Day): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Thursday-Saturday.
Spring/Summer (Memorial Day-Columbus Day): 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m., Thursday-Monday.
Call to arrange private tours: 413-743-7121.
Admission: $5.00, adult; $3.00 student or senior citizen; free, children six and under.
For more information, call 413-743-7121 or visit http://www.susanbanthonybirthplace.org.