Thursday, 21 April 2011

Kristof, Nicholas D. & WuDunn, Sheryl “Half the Sky”

Kristof, Nicholas D. & WuDunn, Sheryl “Half the Sky. How to Change the World” - 2009

"Half the Sky" - What shall I say about this book other than it is the most extraordinary one ever? Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are an American-Chinese journalist couple who have travelled the world and give us a heart-rendering account of women's lives all over this globe, women struggling to make ends meet, women who have to fight for every little thing but especially for their life.

The authors don't just tell us about the problems that exist in various parts of Africa and Asia, they also come up with a lot of ideas on how to help these women, ideas that already work, ideas that help. That is the best thing about this report, it gives us hope that something can be done to end this misery and injustice.

The subjects go from human trafficking, slavery, prostitution, rape, honour killings to genital mutilation, maternal mortality, family planning, education, microcredits, anything you can think of that can be done to a human being will be done somewhere, and it's usually the women who have to suffer.

The authors won the Pulitzer prize for their reports about China in the New York Times in 1990. 

They also have started a foundation, read more about it here: “Half the Sky Foundation

This book can change your life. Read it.

We discussed this in our book club in May 2012.


  1. As you say: Not just telling the important story, but making constructive suggestions to fix things. That's how it stands apart.

  2. Exactly, and I'll be forever grateful to you for suggesting this book to me. Thanks, name sister.

  3. This name sister will be reading it next!

  4. That is great. We should start a group called "Mariannes who read Half the Sky". Please, let us know how you liked it.