Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.
About the Author
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, husband and wife, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China as New York Times correspondents. 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 in the New York area.
Table of Contents
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
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?
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