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Half the Sky

Half the Sky

Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Book - 2009
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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: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307267146
Characteristics: xxii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: WuDunn, Sheryl 1959-


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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.

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Oct 12, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book contains descriptions of violence towards women, rape, torture, etc.

Oct 12, 2016

Sexual Content: This book describes in detail, rape, prostitution, sexual abuse, sexualization of minors.


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Oct 12, 2016

This book deals with a variety of issues from forced prostitution and sexual slavery, the education and empowerment of women and girls, genital cutting, women in Islam, microfinance, and many more. This book contains many graphic stories and imagery.


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