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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

af Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

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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.… (mere)
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Wow. I absolutely love this book and want to rush out and buy it for all my friends and family. Brutally eye opening and packed with some startling statistics. I only wish I had read this sooner and closer to it's publish date because I feel like I'm missing half the picture without more current statistics. I also appreciated that the authors do propose actions the reader can take. The book isn't interested in just telling you about these issues but also getting you involved in working towards a solution. Whether or not their 4 steps are the correct course of action I don't know but I liked that they gave readers a starting point.

I've read a few reviews criticizing the tone and can't say I didn't bump on that a couple of times myself but overall I feel the power this book has had in motivating and educating me is worth the 5 stars. ( )
  mackinsquash | Aug 15, 2020 |
Can't recommend this one enough. ( )
  Brandon_Smith | Sep 14, 2019 |
Please read this book. If you care about poverty, brutality, or women in any way, read this book. Half the Sky is full of terrible and uncomfortable things but there is simply no way to address the horror of what is happening in this world without those. So please read it anyway. Because it doesn't just tell you how awful it is, it tells what is being done about it and how you can help. It tells you what has worked and what hasn't worked. It tells why things succeeded or failed. It gives you a list of options as to how you can become involved.

You may not agree with every conclusion drawn in Half the Sky. I certainly don't. However, this book is an exceptional tool which will empower you to empower others. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jun 16, 2018 |
This was a truly incredible book.

While the beginning of it was extremely difficult to get through (it contained a good deal of information about the sex trades) and the middle had a tendency towards things rather disgusting (with information about fistulas and the like) the book was fully worth the read.

The information was truthful, and not exaggerated. In several instances the authors actually apologized for the tendencies that other humanity groups have in exaggerating their claims. The author explained the various reasons for the way the book was laid out (i.e. it mainly contained individuals stories) rather than trying to exact sympathy they simply explained that it was a tactic. Acknowledging this earned my respect as a reader and made me more inclined to want to help.

Finally, the book had ways to help. The last portion of the book explains the steps that America should be taking in order to help the situation of women within the world, and actual organizations were then listed. There were steps one as an individual can take to give, and purchasing the book itself gives money to the charities.

All in all, I loved it. This is the way to make a difference as well as to incite others to join in. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Wow. This is an absolutely amazing book. I had wanted to learn a little more about issues such as sex trafficking, women and poverty, etc., but wasn't sure if I could handle the painful and harrowing descriptions of such violence, neglect, pain, etc.

While there are discussions of rape, female gentile mutilation, prostitution, child and adult sex trafficking, drug addiction, extreme poverty, lack of prenatal care and its affects on childbirth, this book should be read by everyone. Men, women, etc.

Written by two New York Times columnists, the book explores second and third world countries and the effects of various issues. While it's almost exclusively focused on women, there are discussions of the roles men can and do play to help women. Thankfully there isn't a lot of comparisons to the US, although the authors do mention the role that foreign aid and other funding from other counties sometimes play, with both good and bad results.

I didn't find the descriptions of what some women go through to be too graphic, but it was upsetting nonetheless. What I really liked, though, was that the stories are interwoven with both horror and hope. Often news will sensationalize and focus on the dark, but there are absolutely amazing women in these stories who have gone through darkness and Hell and have come out the other side.

Buy the book, donate it to the local library, promote it in a book club. It's an excellent read and should be read more. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
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It is a testament to their skills as writers and reporters that they've managed to write this call to action without having to raise their voices. The facts, as they learned long ago in China, speak loudly enough.
 
Half the Sky manages to be inspiring and engrossing rather than numbing.
 
An ancient Chinese proverb goes that women hold up half the sky. Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn want that to be appreciated — on the ground. In the opening pages of this gripping call to conscience, the husband-and-wife team come out swinging: “Gendercide,” the daily slaughter of girls in the developing world, steals more lives in any given decade “than all the genocides of the 20th century.” No wonder Kristof and WuDunn, whose coverage of China for The New York Times won them a Pulitzer Prize, declare the global struggle for women’s equality “the paramount moral challenge” of our era.
 
Even with [its] stains, Half the Sky remains a thrilling manifesto for advancing freedom for hundreds of millions of human beings.
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For our children: Gregory, Geoffrey, and Caroline. Thanks for your love and patience when research for this book meant grumpy or absent parents and less cheering at your soccer games. You've enriched our journeys through difficult and oppressive countries, and you're wonderful kids to be arrested with!
And for all those on the front lines around the globe, saving the world, one woman at a time.
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"Women hold up half the sky." - Chinese Proverb
What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.- Mark Twain
Women might just have something to contribute to civilization other than their vaginas. - Christopher Buckley, Florence of Arabia
Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself. - Abraham Lincoln
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.- George Bernard Shaw
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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.

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