Half the Sky

Half the Sky

Turning Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Book - 2009
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From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it's also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307267146
Branch Call Number: 362.83091724 Kri 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xxii, 294 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: WuDunn, Sheryl 1959-


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Oct 12, 2016

An absolutely must read if you are looking for a book on feminism and womens issues in developing countries. It is a real eye opener and incredibly educational and informative for anyone who wants to make a difference.

May 31, 2014

Must read,it open your eyes re the abuse of women and girl around the world. This book should be introduce to all student grade 9 and up.

Ms_Nurse Jul 03, 2012

This might be my summer of Women's Issues, this wonderful books takes a look at women's lives throughout the world. Many women face oppression, poverty, dangerous childbirth, dangerous sex work and trafficking.

JCGordon Sep 26, 2011

This book had a great combination of personal (heartbreaking) stories of many women around the world and the realistic ways we can help to stop what happened to them from happening to future generations. BUT be warned it is very politically opinionated - which I found was quite a distraction from the stories and should have been left out of the book.

Sep 01, 2011

An amazing and sometimes horrifying look at the plight of women in different areas of the world and a list of the organizations that are working to support these women. The book is full of real life cases of situations that women and girls have endured and puts a real face and name to the horror stories we often hear about in the news.


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Oct 12, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book contains descriptions of violence towards women, rape, torture, etc.

Oct 12, 2016

Sexual Content: This book describes in detail, rape, prostitution, sexual abuse, sexualization of minors.

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Oct 12, 2016

This book deals with a variety of issues from forced prostitution and sexual slavery, the education and empowerment of women and girls, genital cutting, women in Islam, microfinance, and many more. This book contains many graphic stories and imagery.


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