Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof

Half the Sky

byNicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

Kobo ebook | September 8, 2009

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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.
Nicholas D. Kristof shared a Pulitzer Prize with his wife in 1990 for their coverage for the New York Times of the Tiananmen democracy movement in China. He also coauthored China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. Kristof has served as Times bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He lives with his wife in New Y...
Title:Half the SkyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 8, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307273156

ISBN - 13:9780307273154


Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was alright I liked that this book shed light on some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time. However I also found it very problematic because of a recurring "white saviour" theme. Really did not like the paternalistic, condescending and patronizing attitudes towards the global south.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-opening This book is such an eye-opener, with many heavy topics that are often not discussed. They bring these issues to light with mind-blowing statistics and real life situations and interviews. Some parts may be difficult to handle for some people but it is definitely worth the read! This booked moved me and inspired me :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and Uplifting I'd already seen the documentary based on the book, so I thought I'd purchase it. I am only part way through but it is amazing. It has so many more stories of real women and it gives some seriously mind-blowing statistics. Definitely make sure you are in the mood for some heavy topics before opening it up but it is more than worth the read! Some parts will break your heart because of the pain so many women are forced to experience but there are some amazing and inspiring stories too. The overall theme I would say tends to be more uplifting, despite the harsh realities of some of the individuals' pasts.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing One of the most important books I've ever read. Not only did it make me realize what a privileged first world bubble we live in, but made me feel SO grateful for my post-secondary education and all the other luxuries we so often regard as annoying chores. The future is female.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing book This has been one of the most influential books in my life! Great examples of how empowering women can change the world one bit at a time.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comprehensive Read A comprehensive read on issues regarding women in the developing world, and how those in the developed world should be involved and concerned. Only criticism is that there audience is Americans, and Americans only (at least in their writing) which is bothersome for those of us who aren't American!
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an important book Add this to the required reading list. Half the Sky will forever be one of my favourite books. Kristof and WuDunn brilliantly illustrate some very important women's issues in a way that will leave you changed. The resources at the end are a great 'next step' for everyone who is undoubtedly moved by this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half the Sky Fantastic book explaining why focusing on women should be a priority in developing countries and how to go about doing it right. There's a documentary too.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! Chapters on the lives of women around the world and their struggles which are a real eye opener.I love the glossary at the back of the book which is an excellent source of charities information and references. The book chapters can be read in any order which makes it a good book to chew on at your leisure. Anyone interested in changing the world, or thinking globally ,or studying global issues must have this book in their library.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow An insightful book, at times shocking but also hopeful. A very important read. I gave copies to all the women on my Xmas list.
Date published: 2012-05-05