Book Review: Half the Sky

Thanks to a thoughtful classmate, I was introduced to the magnificent book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

I could not put it down and read it for two days straight at every available moment that I had (on the subway, in the elevator, walking down the street, etc.). The book was perfectly paced through a series of stories about the perseverance of incredible women around the world despite their grotesquely horrific circumstances. The stories are graphic as well as compelling with issues ranging from microfinance, maternal health, education, child prostitution, honour killings, and the use of gang rape to induce terror among communities.

A definite recommendation for anyone who is human.

For more information on the movement and how to participate in a variety of worldwide organizations, visit Half the Sky.

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