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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
After suffering an irregular childhood filled with fear and witnessing the hardships women suffered when they left their abusers, Johanna Crawford developed Web of Benefit, Inc. to help women who suffered from “intimate terrorism” rebuild their lives after they left their abusers. Crawford managed the nonprofit for twelve years and served over two thousand women. Some women who received grants from her company agreed to share their stories in Johanna Crawford's book, It Takes a Woman to Empower Women. Crawford shares statistics about abuse and includes stories from survivors of different types of abuse. Journal topics are included for the organization of thoughts and reflection.
Johanna Crawford paints a clear picture of the imbalance between men and women and extends it over the decades of her life. She cries out for the need to raise children with a foundational sense of equality. Crawford helps her readers develop a vision of their ideal life so that they may be inspired to take steps toward achieving it. Men could also read this book and take away a better understanding of the difficulties women face, perhaps making them more empathetic when they hear or deal with stories of abuse. Each story will inspire readers to either better their situations or improve the circumstances of the women in their lives. Crawford's call to action will motivate others to make a difference. It Takes a Woman to Empower Women is a great motivational book, and it should be shared in public libraries and with anyone who will benefit from the contents.