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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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In this thought-provoking and profoundly inspiring book, Kristof and WuDunn reveal the cruel and maddening reality faced by women who experience violence and oppression. Half the Sky will stir feelings of admiration and discomfort, and hopefully sow the seeds of humanitarian activism.
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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.

Review:

"New York Times columnist Kristof and his wife, WuDunn, a former Times reporter, make a brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide. '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,' they write, detailing the rampant 'gendercide' in the developing world, particularly in India and Pakistan. Far from merely making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women (9% in Pakistan, for example) participate in the labor force. China's meteoric rise was due to women's economic empowerment: 80% of the factory workers in the Guangdong province are female; six of the 10 richest self-made women in the world are Chinese. The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents: 'The best role for Americans... isn't holding the microphone at the front of the rally but writing the checks,' an assertion they contradict in their unnecessary profiles of American volunteers finding 'compensations for the lack of shopping malls and Netflix movies' in making a difference abroad. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]his gripping call to conscience...tackles atrocities and indignities.... But the poignant portraits of survivors humanize the issues, divulging facts that moral outrage might otherwise eclipse." New York Times

Review:

"Kristof and WuDunn forcefully contend that improving the lot of girls and women benefits everyone.... Intelligent, revealing and important." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Kristof and WuDunn reinforce the truth behind the terrible statistics with passionately reported personal stories...including a final chapter suggesting how readers can help." Booklist

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

A call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake a journey through Africa and Asia to meet an extraordinary array of women struggling under profoundly dire circumstances: a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery; an Ethiopian woman left for dead after a difficult birth; an Afghan wife beaten ruthlessly by her husband and mother-in-law. But we meet, as well, those who have triumphed — a formerly illiterate fistula patient who became a surgeon in Addis Ababa; an Indian woman who saved herself and her children from prostitution — and those who make it their work to provide hope and help to other women: the victim of gang rape who galvanized the international community and created schools in rural Pakistan; the former Peace Corps volunteer who founded an organization that educates and campaigns for women's rights in Senegal. Through their stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to progress lies in unleashing women's potential — and they make clear how each of us can help make that happen.

Fiercely moral, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

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About the Author

Sheryl WuDunn is married to Nicholas D. Kristof and they were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. As longtime foreign correspondents for the New York Times, they won the prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen student movement in China and its bloody suppression. Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer for his op-ed columns in the Times. He has also served as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, and as associate managing editor. At the Times, Ms. WuDunn worked as a business editor and as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Beijing. They live near New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Girl Effect

 

Chapter One Emancipating Twenty-First-Century Slaves

   Fighting Slavery from Seattle

 

Chapter Two Prohibition and Prostitution

   Rescuing Girls Is the Easy Part

 

Chapter Three Learning to Speak Up

   The New Abolitionists

 

Chapter Four Rule by Rape

   Mukhtar's School

 

Chapter Five The Shame of "Honor"

   "Study Abroad"—in the Congo

 

Chapter Six Maternal Mortality—One Woman a Minute

   A Doctor Who Treats Countries, Not Patients

 

Chapter Seven Why Do Women Die in Childbirth?

   Edna's Hospital

 

Chapter Eight Family Planning and the "God Gulf"

   Jane Roberts and Her 34 Million Friends

 

Chapter Nine Is Islam Misogynistic?

   The Afghan Insurgent

 

Chapter Ten Investing in Education

   Ann and Angeline

 

Chapter Eleven Microcredit: The Financial Revolution

   A CARE Package for Goretti

 

Chapter Twelve The Axis of Equality

    Tears over Time Magazine

 

Chapter Thirteen Grassroots vs. Treetops

   Girls Helping Girls

 

Chapter Fourteen What You Can Do

   Four Steps You Can Take in the Next Ten Minutes

 

Appendix: Organizations Supporting Women

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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PDXBookLover, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by PDXBookLover)
What an amazing, eye-opening book!
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betweenthecovers, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by betweenthecovers)
I have read and re-read Half the Sky. I don't think the stories in this book get any easier to read--they pull at my heart-strings every time I read them. These stories are forever with me and will forever encourage me to make a difference in helping others to empower themselves. I thank the authors for this eye-opening book.
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Shoshana, April 17, 2010 (view all comments by Shoshana)
A sweeping overview of the status of girls and women in the world. Filled with case examples (which the authors point out are more likely to engage people than statistics), but also interwoven with statistics and other more abstract data, this is a fast-paced but substantial introduction to social, medical, educational, and human rights inequities across multiple cultures. The focus, however, is on what works and what doesn't, some of which is surprising. With photos, case studies, and a good index, it is very readable and compelling. Because the content is often grim, it would be important to pair it with facilitated discussion in a classroom or book group.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307267146
Author:
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
WuDunn, Sheryl
Author:
Kristof, Nicholas D.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- Developing countries.
Subject:
Women's rights -- Developing countries.
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
women;non-fiction;women s rights;human rights;social justice;oppression;women s studies;poverty;human trafficking;developing countries;slavery;gender;sociology;feminism;africa;prostitution;activism;current affairs;asia;global;gender studies;development;ed
Subject:
women;non-fiction;women s rights;human rights;social justice;oppression;women s studies;poverty;human trafficking;developing countries;slavery;gender;sociology;feminism;africa;prostitution;activism;current affairs;asia;global;gender studies;development;ed
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
37 ILLUSTRATIONS IN TEXT
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.20x6.66x1.17 in. 1.43 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In this thought-provoking and profoundly inspiring book, Kristof and WuDunn reveal the cruel and maddening reality faced by women who experience violence and oppression. Half the Sky will stir feelings of admiration and discomfort, and hopefully sow the seeds of humanitarian activism.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "New York Times columnist Kristof and his wife, WuDunn, a former Times reporter, make a brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide. '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,' they write, detailing the rampant 'gendercide' in the developing world, particularly in India and Pakistan. Far from merely making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women (9% in Pakistan, for example) participate in the labor force. China's meteoric rise was due to women's economic empowerment: 80% of the factory workers in the Guangdong province are female; six of the 10 richest self-made women in the world are Chinese. The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents: 'The best role for Americans... isn't holding the microphone at the front of the rally but writing the checks,' an assertion they contradict in their unnecessary profiles of American volunteers finding 'compensations for the lack of shopping malls and Netflix movies' in making a difference abroad. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]his gripping call to conscience...tackles atrocities and indignities.... But the poignant portraits of survivors humanize the issues, divulging facts that moral outrage might otherwise eclipse."
"Review" by , "Kristof and WuDunn forcefully contend that improving the lot of girls and women benefits everyone.... Intelligent, revealing and important."
"Review" by , "Kristof and WuDunn reinforce the truth behind the terrible statistics with passionately reported personal stories...including a final chapter suggesting how readers can help."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , A call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake a journey through Africa and Asia to meet an extraordinary array of women struggling under profoundly dire circumstances: a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery; an Ethiopian woman left for dead after a difficult birth; an Afghan wife beaten ruthlessly by her husband and mother-in-law. But we meet, as well, those who have triumphed — a formerly illiterate fistula patient who became a surgeon in Addis Ababa; an Indian woman who saved herself and her children from prostitution — and those who make it their work to provide hope and help to other women: the victim of gang rape who galvanized the international community and created schools in rural Pakistan; the former Peace Corps volunteer who founded an organization that educates and campaigns for women's rights in Senegal. Through their stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to progress lies in unleashing women's potential — and they make clear how each of us can help make that happen.

Fiercely moral, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

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