Half the Sky: How to Change the World

Author(s): Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake a journey through Africa and Asia to meet an extraordinary array of women struggling under profoundly dire circumstances: a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery; an Ethiopian woman left for dead after a difficult birth; an Afghan wife beaten ruthlessly by her husband and mother-in-law. But we meet, as well, those who have triumphed — a formerly illiterate fistula patient who became a surgeon in Addis Ababa; an Indian woman who saved herself and her children from prostitution — and those who make it their work to provide hope and help to other women: the victim of gang rape who galvanized the international community and created schools in rural Pakistan; the former Peace Corps volunteer who founded an organization that educates and campaigns for women's rights in Senegal.

Through their stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to 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.


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A call to arms against the most pervasive human rights violation of the 21st century: the oppression of women in the developing world.

'A brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide ... Far from making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women participate in the labour force ... The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents' Publishers' Weekly (starred review)

'This wonderful book combines a denunciation of horrible abuses with clear-eyed hope and some compelling practical strategies. The courageous women described here, and millions more like them, deserve nothing less'--THE NEW YORK TIMES

'An inspiring testament to women's courage, and their struggle for hope and recovery' --Khaleid Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

'These stories show us the power and resilience of women who would have every reason to give up but never do ... You will not want to put this book down'--Angelina Jolie

'It's impossible to stand by and do nothing after reading Half the Sky'--George Clooney

'A call to arms, a call for help, a call for contributions, but also a call for volunteers ... sensationally interesting ... I really do think this is one of the most important books I have ever reviewed'--Carolyn See, Washington Post

'A thrilling manifesto for advancing freedom for hundreds of millions of human beings' Johann Hari, Slate

'I opened Half the Sky just to dip in and an hour later found myself still reading, and it is not hard to see why this important work has already attracted such interest...Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have used the shocking examples of many women in Africa and Asia who are fighting oppression and inequality to report their plight and to illustrate just what can be done' Sarah Clarke, BOOKSELLERS' CHOICE

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China as New York Times correspondents. Mr Kristof won a second Pulitzer for his op-ed columns. They live in the New York area with their three children.

General Fields

  • : 9781844086825
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Virago Press Ltd
  • : June 2009
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 328
  • : 20pp of b/w