"Half the Sky" documentary on ending gender inequality

Kristen Hecht
Posted October 2, 2012 from United States

Hi fellow Listeners,

I'm not sure if this is the best way to connect with fellow EVAW listeners, but I wanted to share with everyone a powerful documentary that aired last night called "Half the Sky." It has a number of big names -- Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, Meg Ryan, Susan Surandon, and others. For U.S., part II will be shown on PBS tonight. And for anyone with internet access, a movie trailer and sections of the documentary can be streamed on this website: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/videos. Watch it...and be moved!

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Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012

Thank you, Kristen!

I'll watch and have put it on my FB page.

  • Sarah
jacquesato
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012

I'm watching it right now...

jacquesato
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012

I'm watching it right now...

Hannah Cynthia
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012

I saw part I last night and am very interested to find out more about the project. The book, Half the Sky, inspired the documentary. I haven't read it yet, but feel compelled to do so after watching the episode last night.

Kristen Hecht
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 03, 2012

I haven't read the book either, but now feel compelled to do so just like you, Hannah. (And maybe look into the other books they mentioned writing that inspired Half the Sky.) I'm glad some of you were able to tune in. Quite a documentary!

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 03, 2012

So glad we got the heads-up to watch, Kristen. The Half The Sky documentary ties in amazingly well with this morning's World Pulse LIVE broadcast from the State Department in Washington, during which Neema, Stella and Hummingbird spoke about solutions for empowering women in their respective countries.

  • Sarah
Kristen Hecht
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 03, 2012

Thanks, Sarah!

Hannah Cynthia
Oct 28, 2012
Oct 28, 2012

I think this documentary could be interesting for folks reflecting on women's rights and especially for american women (it focuses on representation of women in the US). US culture permeates all corners of the world and it is troubling to see how we oppress women in our own society. The documentary has become popular on many campuses (there was a screening at my university) and for good reason. Young women are alarmed by how little progress toward equality and equal representation politics and in media. We are still leaps and bounds away form having equal voice, agency, and respect in the United States and are trailing behind many other developed countries in this respect. I think it could have positive impact if more people become aware of this weakness in american culture and politics.

Also, it's available on vimeo!

http://vimeo.com/37703485

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