Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Political Science - 296 pages
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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.

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I have mixed feelings about this book. While the stories are compelling and the message of women's rights is obviously incredibly important and immediate, it felt a bit patronizing and ethnocentric at ... Read full review

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User Review  - The_Hibernator - LibraryThing

In Half the Sky Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn share a heartbreaking study of oppression of women around the world. It begins with a long section on the sex ... Read full review

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INT Rod Uction The Girl Effect x i
ch A PTE R Two Prohibition and Prostitution
H A PTER THREE Learning to Speak Up
ch Apt ER four Rule by Rape
cHA PTER FIVE The Shame of Honor
chapt ER sev EN Why Do Women Die in Childbirth? I
ch APTE R Eight Family Planning and the God Gulf 13 I
ch APTE R N IN E Is Islam Misogynistic?
cH A PTE R T EN Investing in Education
The Financial Revolution
cH A PTE R T w E Lv E The Axis of Equality 2
ch APTER THIRTEEN Grassroots vs Treetops 22
Organizations Supporting Women

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About the author (2010)

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, are the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China as New York Times correspondents. They received the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement and many other prizes including the George Polk and Overseas Press Club awards.
Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for "his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur." He has also served as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, and as associate managing editor.

Ms. WuDunn, now a business executive, worked at The New York Times, on both the business and news sides. She has been a foreign correspondent in Asia, a business editor and a television anchor. She is the first Asian-American to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
They live near New York City.

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