Half the Sky is a book that made me cry, a book that I had to take short breaks from just to process, and a book that confirmed for me my passion for women’s rights. Kristof and WuDunna are respected journalists who provide the hard facts and the honest stories of the oppression of women worldwide. Half the Sky opened my eyes to the scope of the issue and to the overall lack of response throughout the world. I knew that these things were happening and that very little was being done to intervene but having the numbers and the personal stories was life changing.
Kristof and WuDunn also address the issues of the aid that is given to women. They examine what has worked, what isn’t working, and what can be done to be more effective. I love that a major aspect of this book is a call to action for the readers. Often when faced with the vastness of an issue like women’s rights one can feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to be of assistance. Kristof and WuDunn lay out actions that anyone can do and encourage becoming more involved. They urge the reader to not be a bystander to the atrocity in the world.
I found ginger tea to be the perfect companion to Half the Sky. Ginger tea is calming and settles an upset stomach. The information in this book is difficult (but necessary) to read and ginger tea is a comforting companion.
Please take the time to read Half the Sky. Please don’t turn a blind eye to women’s rights – to human rights.