(In response to Laurel's comment below, I figured I would create a post.)
Lately, I've been engrossed in the book, Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof (a NYTimes columnist and humanitarian) came to speak in Baltimore about a month ago, and his words were so moving that I couldn't help but buy his book. I encourage everybody to read it. Kristof writes a sincere and touching piece of journalism that possibly holds the answer to most of this generation's global, economic, social and political problems: Women.
"Women aren't the problem, they are the solution."
If you've already read this book, there are a couple others that are written by another inspiring individual who has spent most of his life advocating for women in South Asia and the Middle East. Greg Mortenson has made a household name for himself, but if you haven't had the opportunity to read his books, YOU MUST!