“Half the Sky” By Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

This book was one of the most motivating books I have read in a long time.  I took notes as I went along and now have a huge list of non-profit organizations around the world that I want to get involved with.  Although the thought of sex trafficking, life-threstening fistulas, honor-killings, genital cutting and all the other gruesome realities that come with gender inequality aren’t uplifting, Kristof and WuDunn did a phenomenal job with thorough research and personal accounts of women from Africa and Asia.  While all of their stories are based around painful and horrifying circumstances, they end on a motivational note.

Although it is easy to see this, at face value, as anti-men, anti-Bush administration, or too sad, I came away with a deeper understanding of the treatment of women throughout the world which is a much more delicate situation than can be blamed one party.  I recommend this for teachers!  Your students will learn and enjoy reading this, not to mention be inspired by all the stories of students who made a difference.

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