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Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
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Jan 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, lwv-book-group
Read in January, 2010

This is a very important topic and the book does a good job of discussing it and even more importantly gives very concrete examples of actions that we can take to impact the issues.

But it reads like a magazine article that has been padded to make a book or a book of background material that was published as an added resource to an interview or TV program.
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William Hayes You are one of many people who, in their reviews, describe this book as inspiring or inspirational or give it 4 or 5 STARS.

I, too, found this book inspiring. For me, inspiration is not only a rich internal experience that we desire and enjoy for its own sake. Much more than that, inspiration is also a spur to our acting in the world in a way that helps bring about a good result.

In the final chapter of the book, the authors recommend these actions:

Four Steps You Can Take in Ten Minutes: (251-2)

1. Go to or and open an account
2. Sponsor a girl or a woman through Plan International, Women for Women International, World Vision, or American Jewish World Service.
3. Sign up for e-mail updates on and
4. Join the CARE Action Network at

I visited the Global Giving website mentioned by the authors and made a contribution to a project for educating girls in Malawi. Perhaps you, too, were inspired to do something.

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