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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

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Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential.… (more)

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Amazing book that outlined various injustices around the world towards women, from sex trafficking/slavery, to inequity in education, to lack of maternal and infant health care. The authors stage these issues not solely as women issues, but as human rights issues, and then offers stories of how individual women have risen out of oppression on their own or through the help of others. A very inspiring book. ( )
  wisemetis | Jan 14, 2023 |
A passionate call to arms against the oppression of women around the world -- "the central moral challenge" of our time. Through inspiring stories of extraordinary women, the authors show that the most effective way to fight global poverty is to unleash the potential of women. They also offer an uplifting do-it-yourself tool kit for those who want to help.
  PendleHillLibrary | Aug 18, 2022 |
“…more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.”

Sex trafficking, forced prostitution, honor killings, rape and not giving girls the same medical attention and treatments as boys are given are all reasons for the above. “Every year, at least another 2 million girls worldwide disappear because of gender discrimination.” And barely any of this makes the ’news’. Horrific. The firsthand accounts of the cruelty and abuse suffered by women made my stomach turn. And ache. Reading about a world in which a girl's virginity is more important than her life, was just unfathomable. But it happens. And is happening.

“…far more women and girls are shipped into brothels each year in the early twenty-first century than African slaves were shipped into slave plantations each year in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries…”

"Women hold up half the sky." - Chinese proverb ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Feb 19, 2022 |
Half the Sky is an extremely powerful book detailing the suffering many women in developing countries face on a daily basis. Kristof details the cultural beliefs in many regions which perpetuate discrimatory practices which women may face, from lack of medical care in preference of boys, lack of educational opportunities, genital mutilation, forced prostitution, and second class citizenship. As hard as these realities are to face, and as depressing as the information may be, Kristof does describe some programs which are working, and opportunities to help on a small scale. This is an important book which should make all Americans appreciate how lucky we are living in the U.S. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Adult nonfiction. Horrific and uplifting at the same time; these are some really powerful stories. Greg Mortensen claims to have read it in a single sitting (staying up until 3am) and I can believe it. The number one recommended "thing you can do to help in the next 10 minutes" in the list at the end of the book is to make a microloan (e.g., through kiva.org). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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It is a testament to their skills as writers and reporters that they've managed to write this call to action without having to raise their voices. The facts, as they learned long ago in China, speak loudly enough.
Half the Sky manages to be inspiring and engrossing rather than numbing.
An ancient Chinese proverb goes that women hold up half the sky. Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn want that to be appreciated — on the ground. In the opening pages of this gripping call to conscience, the husband-and-wife team come out swinging: “Gendercide,” the daily slaughter of girls in the developing world, steals more lives in any given decade “than all the genocides of the 20th century.” No wonder Kristof and WuDunn, whose coverage of China for The New York Times won them a Pulitzer Prize, declare the global struggle for women’s equality “the paramount moral challenge” of our era.
Even with [its] stains, Half the Sky remains a thrilling manifesto for advancing freedom for hundreds of millions of human beings.
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For our children: Gregory, Geoffrey, and Caroline. Thanks for your love and patience when research for this book meant grumpy or absent parents and less cheering at your soccer games. You've enriched our journeys through difficult and oppressive countries, and you're wonderful kids to be arrested with!
And for all those on the front lines around the globe, saving the world, one woman at a time.
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Srey Rath is a self-confident Cambodian teenager whose black hair tumbles over a round, light brown face.
The red-light district in the town of Forbesgunge does not actually have any red lights.
"Women hold up half the sky." - Chinese Proverb
What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.- Mark Twain
Women might just have something to contribute to civilization other than their vaginas. - Christopher Buckley, Florence of Arabia
Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself. - Abraham Lincoln
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.- George Bernard Shaw
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Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential.

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