Kate Roberts Asks: Are we Disenchanted with Women’s Empowerment?


A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was ‘power’ and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Suddenly the cast of a new musical comedy Disenchanted! appeared on stage. I watched Snow White, Cinderella, and other princesses storm the castle to take back their lives in a hilarious and empowering update of their ‘real’ stories. And I began to think that living as a woman has never been a fairytale.

Whether it’s the woman living in a remote village in Congo on less than a dollar a day, or the girl in India who doesn’t have access to a toilet and is at risk of being raped when forced to defecate in the open — they have one thing in common: both are the cornerstones of their families and communities, and an investment in them is an investment in nations and our world.


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