Half the Sky

Half the Sky

Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

eBook - 2009
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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.

Oct 12, 2016

An absolutely must read if you are looking for a book on feminism and womens issues in developing countries. It is a real eye opener and incredibly educational and informative for anyone who wants to make a difference.

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.

May 31, 2014

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.

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.

Jul 13, 2012

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.

Ms_Nurse Jul 03, 2012

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.

Jun 30, 2012

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.

m2 Dec 12, 2011

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

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.

JCGordon Sep 26, 2011

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.

Sep 01, 2011

An amazing and sometimes horrifying look at the plight of women in different areas of the world and a list of the organizations that are working to support these women. The book is full of real life cases of situations that women and girls have endured and puts a real face and name to the horror stories we often hear about in the news.

Aug 19, 2011

Amazing! This book broke my heart, but left me inspired by the amazing peoople out there making change happen every day. This book will haunt you and make you want to change the world.

Mar 08, 2010

Highly recommended! This book opens your eyes to some horrible things that young girls and women experience around the world. But it is also full of hope and inspiration - and tips about what we can do to help.

Stoneangel Feb 08, 2010

This book is deeply disturbing but also important. A must read for anyone who wants to know about what the lack of womens rights really means, especially for the poverty struck women who live in these countries. It is also full of resources for groups that are trying to make a difference. If they have the courage to tell us thier stories, we need to find the courage to read about it.

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