Half the Sky

Half the Sky

Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307267146
Characteristics: xxii, 294 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: WuDunn, Sheryl 1959-


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Jan 19, 2018

Extremely ethnocentric and sensationalized, which is NOT to say that this isn't one of the most pressing issues in our world today.

HCL_staff_reviews Nov 06, 2017

Two activists have written a call to arms against the oppression of women in the developing world.I think this may be one of the most important books of our time. I knew about the oppression of women before I read this book, but it really showed me just how much of a problem it is all throughout the world. I really believe in the author's message that educating and empowering women is the best way to reduce poverty and violence. I really like how the authors used stories of individual women to prove their point and it is very convincing. The world cannot truly be great if half its population's talents and potential are squandered or shunned. I also like how they give ways to get involved and help. I think all women and men should read this book. — Molly R., Oxboro Library

Sep 13, 2017

This book is a eye opener, and agree with most of the comments, its a book that must be read. I found so much of it disturbing, and I'm sure this book deserves a higher rating than I gave it. I could only read 1/2 the book as I lost interest . I agree though the sheer cruelty that mankind can do to mankind. We do need to say NO MORE. We can change the world. I strongly suggest though you read the book.

May 07, 2017

Written by two Pulitzer Prize winning New Your Times journalists, this book chronicles the many serious abuses against women and girls worldwide. Their stories are very human and told first hand as the authors have interviewed them all. The magnitude of each issue as well as what can and is being done to help are described, again with very human stories of the people who are doing this work. It is eye opening and valuable - highly recommended.

May 04, 2017

A litany of abuse against women; intense reading. NYT power couple, Kristof and Wu Dunn, clearly care about the abysmal state many non-Western women are forced into and tell their stories in great detail. Success occurs but it is hard-won. There are two weaknesses: the book flap notes China’s integration of women. This is false, however. A dead-end job making cheap knock-offs in a factory doesn’t equate to the power that women in professional jobs have—and there is a dearth of Chinese professional women. Institution-wise, China would do better to build its own house of egalitarianism—for example, the ruling communist politburo is completely male. Second, the suggested resource list is a good idea but oddly lacking in traditional American non-profits that focus on women’s civil rights and self-sovereignty (Planned Parenthood, ACLU, NARAL, etc.) It’s good to see the international resources and people can research them further before donating; however, providing U.S. resources could have expanded the action network by providing resources that Americans are familiar with and trust.

SquamishLibraryStaff Nov 01, 2016

This may be one of the most important and impactful books you've ever read. Weaving together story with data, the authors narrate the plight of millions of girls and women around the world, trapped in the world of sex trafficking. They connect them to the broader scope of global issues, and the smaller scope of the reader, and what actions they can take. This book isn't just information. It will move you.

Jun 01, 2015

An honest, informative look at global poverty, oppression, and sex slavery that impacts so many women daily. It was heartbreaking but felt like such an important read. The authors include many practical ideas for ordinary people to do in order to gradually make stands against these injustices.

Jan 22, 2015

A stunning, fact based and easy-to-read book. Half the Sky is unflinching in its honesty, but also hopeful. It's the kind of book that makes you believe that positive change is possible.

IClare Apr 20, 2013

What an outstanding read!! It is truly educational, eye opening, and shocking, as well as hopeful and optimistic. I found myself saying "this is not true, this can't be true" at some of the facts and true life stories about sex trafficking and brothels. I’m in awe of the women that Kristof and WuDunn write about and have had the pleasure of meeting, given the obstacles, life threatening circumstances, abuse and oppression that many of them have overcome. This book really puts things into perspective and reminds me just how fortunate I am for even the littlest things such as having pens to write with. Angeline wanted to attend school and learn so badly but couldn't afford school supplies so she washed her teacher's dishes and received a pen in return--heartbreaking to read and just one of the stories that stands out in my mind and made my heart ache. I found myself irritated one day at my having to walk 10 to 15 minutes to my subway stop. Then I remembered Dai Manju had a two hour hike to the nearest road. My 10-15 minute walk is nothing in comparison. One of the great things about this book is that it is hopeful about making progress and bringing about change. Angeline is now the Executive Director of Camfed Zimbabwe, the organization that paid for her tuition assistance, and Dai Manju is an executive at a Taiwanese electronic company and has a road that goes by her house. Half The Sky is a call to arms, defining the human rights issues of our time. Kristof and WuDunn have done an excellent job illuminating how these issues are not just women’s issues or gender issues, but how they are connected to many of the problems that plague developing nations such as poverty, economic growth, population control, and even terrorism, and empowering women is a big part of the solution. It's also filled with great resources about organizations whose main focus is supporting women around the world. This book is a must read for every girl and boy, woman and man!

Jul 25, 2012

One of my absolute favorite books. Love Kristof and WuDunn! Offers great insight into women's issues around the world. A must read for everyone.

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