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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Paperback)

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    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.

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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.

They 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.

Through 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.

Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, are the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China as New York Times correspondents. They received the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement and many other prizes including the George Polk and Overseas Press Club awards.

Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur.” He has also served as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, and as associate managing editor.

Ms. WuDunn, now a business executive, worked at The New York Times, on both the business and news sides. She has been a foreign correspondent in Asia, a business editor and a television anchor. She is the first Asian-American to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

They live near New York City.

Author:
Kristof, Nicholas D.
Genre:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
296
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Publish Date:
06/01/2010
Copyright Year:
2009
ISBN:
9780307387097
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.0 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
0.7 lb
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  • Everyone needs to read this, period.

    This book is so inspiring, everyone must read this. You will have a different outlook on life, I guarantee it!

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    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • should be required reading

    Very graphic and disturbing but all true. Maybe if it was required reading we- "the treatment of women" would be in better shape around the world because we wouldn't let our sisters be treated so.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    juldigs from Colorado Springs, CO, Mar 14, 2012

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  • This book is in perfect condition

    I haven't yet read the book but it's exactly what I thought I was ordering and it came in the time frame it said it would. I'm very happy with my purchase.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Looks exactly the same.
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Perfectly accurate
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. It's in perfect condition
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Amazing book

    This book shines light on a neglected problem in our day- the trafficking and bondage of women in many parts of the world. Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn travel throughout Asia and Africa to meet with women who have been caught in the modern slave trade in women and discuss their ordeals, From child trafficking and prostitution to honor killings and maternal mortality, the authors show that women in parts of the developing world are still treated as disposable. Instead of being depressing, however, the book is uplifting and inspiring- they tell stories of women who have escaped their captors and are making a difference for others. Amazing book!

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    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • ImportantBook

    This is a disturbing, but very important, read. Chicken Little was right!

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    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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