Half the Sky

Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Kristof, Nicholas D.

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Half the Sky
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, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0307267148
Characteristics: xxii, 296 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: WuDunn, Sheryl 1959-


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Jan 22, 2015
  • Anistasya rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 09, 2014
  • Ms_Nurse rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This might be my summer of Women's Issues, this wonderful books takes a look at women's lives throughout the world. Many women face oppression, poverty, dangerous childbirth, dangerous sex work and trafficking.

May 31, 2014
  • 2886nm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Must read,it open your eyes re the abuse of women and girl around the world. This book should be introduce to all student grade 9 and up.

Apr 20, 2013
  • IClare rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • lonnylu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 13, 2012
  • BarbaraA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a truly amazing book. It is simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking. If you are a woman, no matter what cultural background you come from, no matter your age, no matter your religion, you must read this book.

Jun 30, 2012
  • dianetta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a must-read for all activists and anyone who is trying to make the world a better place. I was introduced to this book by watching the author on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. It was really made me aware of all of the injustices that have been placed on these women but have essentially turned a negative into a possible and are now leading prosperous lives.

Dec 12, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A life-changer of a book! Nicholas Kristof, the columnist for the New York Times, write with his reporter wife, Sheryl WuDann, about all they have learned about the difficulties women face worldwide and give amazingly doable suggestions for what you can do to assist in
"turning oppression into opportunity".

Nov 14, 2011
  • brinyurchin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was recommended by a friend traveling in India. If you want to help rid the world of injustice read this book and do something positive. "Half the Sky" will both make you sick, reading of people who victimize women, and amazed, at the people who create change where change seems impossible. The authors know their stuff. They include details of how you can help support the next movement to free women in poverty from oppression. Please read it and tell others to as well.

Sep 26, 2011
  • JCGordon rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book had a great combination of personal (heartbreaking) stories of many women around the world and the realistic ways we can help to stop what happened to them from happening to future generations. BUT be warned it is very politically opinionated - which I found was quite a distraction from the stories and should have been left out of the book.

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