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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage) by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage)

Reader2, January 7, 2013

This is the type of book that shifts your perspective. A hard read, as the data is squishy at best, and the language for how to discuss these subjects does not yet carry the cultural detachment we expect in most "global" discussions. It is easy to slip into outrage or condescension, as a means of gaining some emotional distance, since the topics and facts to digest are so painful. The book does both. But the argument is very strong for allowing women to fully participate in society. We should not be afraid to speak up about a better and more prosperous future if we start investing heavily in the girls out there. Many of my immigrant friends in America fled home societies that did support their investing heavily in their daughters. My friends in the US military say seeing the treatment of daughters overseas was one of the hardest things to grapple with. We need everyone's voice on this topic, in daily conversation, to create a brighter future.
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