Summer Reading: Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

This month my book club read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, journalist and business woman, Sheryl WuDunn.  It's more women and law than women in law, but if I could, I would quote the first chapter in it's entirety here. It's the most compelling reading I've done in a while.

... in normal circumstances women live longer than men, and so there are more females than males in much of the world ... Yet in places where girls have a deeply unequal status, they vanish. China has 107 males for every 100 females ... India has 108, Pakistan has 111 ... 107 million females are missing from the globe today.


The global statistics on the abuse of girls are numbing. It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century.

Half the Sky is a call to arms. Kristof and DuWunn put faces to these statistics, detailing the experiences of the women they've met around the world. And they give concrete advice on how to get involved and how to sort out the complex issues of cultural relativism, feminism, and sexual freedom as you do so.

It's not exactly beach reading, but it's fascinating.

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