Halfl the Sky

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

by Nicholas Kristo & Sheryl WuDunn

Judy Stanton: You don't read Half the Sky for enjoyment. It's difficult to read about women being subjugated, mistreated, abused and raped around the world. But that's only half the story. This Pullitzer-prize winning book uncovers amazing women who have worked against all odds to fight for women's rights in their village, their country, the world. I learned so much from this book -- how supporting women's rights and especially, education, positively impacts families, population control, children's health, the economy, and, yes, even fights terrorism. The book is a challenge to readers to do something about sex trafficking, girls locked in brothels, genital mutilation and to promote education. The authors gives concrete examples of positive actions and worthwhile causes, while explaining the issues of cultural pride and tradition that must be taken into consideration to make change from the grassroots level. The title "Half the Sky" comes, amazingly, from Mao Tse-tung who actually brought women into the workforce, abolished child marriage, prostitution and concubinage. Who knew? My favorite story is about the Saudi men questioning Bill Gates at a seminar on whether their country could be a major leader in technology. Gates responds....not as long as you're not using half of your braintrust. Amen
Rating: *****

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