Sunday, August 23, 2009

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Another new title I will be sure to order is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. I discovered it by reading the the cover story in today's New York Times Magazine: "Why Women's Rights are the Cause of Our Time". The authors eloquently argue how world liberation of women could help solve many of the world’s problems, from poverty to child mortality to terrorism.

Read some reviews found on

“I read Half the Sky in one sitting, staying up until 3 a.m. to do so. It is brilliant and inspirational, and I want to shout about it from the rooftops and mountains. It vividly illustrates how women have turned despair into prosperity and bravely nurtured hope to cultivate a bright future. The book ends with an especially compelling ‘What you can do’ to exhort us all to action.”
-Greg Mortenson, author, Three Cups of Tea

“If you have always wondered whether you can change the world, read this book. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written a brilliant call to arms that describes one of the transcendent injustices in the world today–the brutal treatment of women. They take you to many countries, introduce you to extraordinary women, and tell you their moving tales. Throughout, the tone is practical not preachy and the book’s suggestions as to how you can make a difference are simple, sensible, and yet powerful. The authors vividly describe a terrible reality about the world we live in but they also provide light and hope that we can, in fact, change it.”
-Fareed Zakaria, author, The Post-American World

Listen to a podcast interview with Pulitzer prize winning journalists Kristof and WuDunn.

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