"Half the Sky"

Posted October 25, 2009 from United States

"Women hold up half the sky" --A Chinese Proverb

I am reading a beautiful book right now entitled "Half the Sky," which discusses at length the situation of women and girls in the world, and how women and girls can become agents for change. It is a devastating read, but it is real, and discusses straightforwardly the things that we often turn a blind eye to, saying "how sad," and then moving on. Even more importantly, it discusses in great detail the solutions (the most encouraged one of which is literacy!) to these issues, and how we can make a difference. I love this part of it, because I feel like so many books leave us feeling depressed and discouraged, feeling totally disconnected from the plight of our sisters in developing nations. Not so here. I encourage anyone interested in the situation of women and girls to read this book-- empower yourself to make a difference.

To learn more about the book, visit it's website: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/.

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Global Kitchen
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 27, 2009

Hi! I'm reading the book, too - and I agree! As heartbreaking as the stories are, it is also inspirational! That is a tough balance to achieve, but Nicholas and Sheryl accomplish it. I heard him speak in Portland, he is a great speaker as well (not all writers are). I started a book club specifically to read this book, and I can't wait until our next meeting. ~wendy

Corine Milano
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 27, 2009

And, don't forget to turn to page 251, where World Pulse is recommended as one of the top 4 things you can do right now to support women!

Jade Frank
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 29, 2009

Thanks for sharing your joy in reading "Half the Sky." There is such a great buzz around this book and its popularity is so important for the women's movement. I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but my mom is reading it and loves the stories. I can't wait.

Cheers, Jade