Half the Sky

Half the Sky

Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

By Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn

Highbridge Company, Compact Disc, 9781598879285, 8pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2009

Description
Two Pulitzer Prize winners expose the most pervasive human rights violation of our era the oppression of women in the developing world and tell us what we can do about it.An old Chinese proverb says Women hold up half the sky. Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances and some succeed against all odds.A Cambodian teenager is sold into sex slavery; a formerly illiterate woman becomes a surgeon in Addis Ababa. An Ethiopian woman is left for dead after a difficult birth; a gang rape victim galvanizes the international community and creates schools in Pakistan. An Afghan wife is beaten by her husband and mother-in-law; a former Peace Corps volunteer founds an organization that educates and campaigns for women's rights in Senegal.Through their powerful true stories, the authors show that the key to progress lies in unleashing women's potential, that change is possible, and that each of us can play a role in making it happen.


About the Author
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn live outside New York City.

WuDunn is married to Nicholas D. Kristof and they were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. As longtime foreign corresponents for the New York Times, they won the prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen studient movement in China and its bloody suppression; they have won many other rizes as well, including the George Polk Award and the Overseas Press Club prize for best foreign reporting. She is a third-generation Chinese-American who holds graduate degrees from both Harvard Business School and Princeton, works for the Times in their business operations.