Recommended Reading: Half the Sky

August 19, 2015

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide


Written by: Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Significance: From two of our most fiercely moral voices, this book is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

Storyline: The novel follows both 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, w