Sunday, February 26, 2017

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


This book examines problems with women oppression in many countries around the world and what and how we can do something about this. There are many horrific personal stories included in this book, with an argument tied to how this problem should and can be tackled. There are also a lot of interesting studies citied to help provide the facts to go along with the personal stories.

There were some very interesting points raised. I had no idea that iodine deficiency was such a problem to child development, and who knew that bringing tv into rural areas could decrease the amount of home violence.

The authors tried to cover a lot of ground in this book, which meant that some of the stories had to be quite short and gave a rather stilted feel to this book. In these kinds of books, the subject can get quite dull but that wasn't the case for this one because of all the stories that helped you connect to the underlying issues.

First Line: "Srey Rath is a self-confident Cambodian teenager whose black hair tumbles over a round, light brown face."


No comments: