Title: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Authors: Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Publish Date: September 8, 2009
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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.
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.
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."
My Two Cents:
"Half the Sky" is an
important look at how what policies and aid we provide other countries
as a government can help women. In many countries, women still struggle
more than their male counterparts. Their choices are limited and the
roads to advancing their lives and the lives of their family are
limited. This is a huge humanitarian issue and I appreciated the light
that the authors were able to shed on this very important subject!
largely on anecdotes from many different countries, this book seeks to
give a human face to the things that way too many women face in the
world. Some of the stories are quite hard to read as it hurts to imagine
humans having to live the way that many in this book live. It is one
thing to think about the foreign aid that the U.S. government gives to
other countries as money that goes into a black hole and is merely being
taken away from Americans. It is a very different thing to understand
what individuals are facing and how lending a hand can make them so much
better off. What we do abroad doesn't only have an impact on other
countries but on our own country as well. Goodwill pays dividends.
book is a call to action. You may ask why we should help others abroad
when Americans are hurting. First off, foreign aid is a very, very small
percentage of the overall U.S. budget but as this book goes, this
little bit of money can make a HUGE impact. And yes, it helps people
abroad but our world is more stable when we pull up those at the bottom
and with all that is going on in the world, stability is not a bad
thing. This is a great pick for those wanting to understand more about
why continuing to help others outside of our country is so important!