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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter did a book signing Thursday for his new book 'A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power'.

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Fans like Alice Weidner lined up ahead of time to get a chance to meet Carter and have him sign a copy of the book.

Women and Children First Bookstore hosted to signing in Chicago, Illinois.

This is the 28th book Carter has put out since retiring from the presidency.

Carter went on the Colbert Report last week to promote his book.

He told the show’s host Stephen Colbert that he will join the Catholic Church “when a female Catholic priest asks me to join,” and if the current pope, Pope Francis I, stays in office.

Carter belongs to the Southern Baptist denomination of churches.

The book’s publishers Simon and Schuster have said, “The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.”

“A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare,” continued the publisher. “Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.”

Carter drew upon his own experiences to write the book and interviews with women around the world to come to the conclusion that more than half of all people are being denied the rights men enjoy.

The book runs about $28 online and at book stores.

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