Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
#1 National Bestseller
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.
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Review: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldwideUser Review - Ellen - Goodreads
It's hard to know what to say about this book. It's hard to read at times, especially knowing that these are true stories and really happened, but an important topic. While I don't necessarily agree ... Read full review
Review: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldwideUser Review - Leslie - Goodreads
This book should be required reading for everyone. Yes at times it can be slightly preachy but the valuable information by far trumps any preachiness. Read full review
H A PT F R o N E EmancipatingTwentyFirstCentury Slaves
A CARE Package for Goretti 19
H A Pl E R 1 w 0 Prohibition and Prostitution 2 3
The New Abolitionists 5 4
Mukhtars School 7 0
H A Pl E R SIX Maternal MortalityOne Woman a Minute 9 3
Ednas Hospital 1 2 3
H A PTE R E l G H I Family Planning and the God Gulf I 3 I
CHAPTER TWELVE The Axis ofEquality
cu A PTE R TH l RTE E N Grassroots vs Treetops
Organizations Supporting Women 2 5 5