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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307267146 (0307267148)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 294
Edition language: English
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Wyvernfriend Reads
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4.0 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Interesting, inspiring but needed a bit of inward focus too.Most of the examples are from the third world not so-called Western countries and when western countries are used it's usually in contrast. Yes, many of these countries need help and the people need for wealthier countries to help them get...
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Remember When the Music
Remember When the Music rated it
4.0 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
This amazing book addresses a multitude of international women’s issues while placing them in the larger scheme of humanitarian crises, profiling successful strategies for change, and offering methods for readers to help.Kristof and WuDunn are a married couple who worked as New York Times journalist...
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5.0 A Species Divided Will Not Stand
“Decades from now, people will look back and wonder how societies could have acquiesced in a sex slave trade in the twenty-first century that is... bigger than the transatlantic slave trade was in the nineteenth. They will be perplexed that we shrugged as a lack of investment in maternal health caus...
audreyhawkins
audreyhawkins rated it
The women whose stories are told here deserve every star I could give. They are heartbreaking stories and inspirational women. The reporting by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn gives me pause. Mainly, that Nicholas Kristof comes off like the white savior saving the brown women from the brown men. ...
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