Ellen Brandt's Reviews > Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
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Feb 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, high-school, for-grownups, inspirational
Read from February 07 to 11, 2010

I can't decide between a 4 or a 5 star rating. Very powerful and compelling stories (and photos) of women around the world who face hardships almost unimaginable to people like me who have always lived in comfort. Each story is accompanied by descriptions of aid programs designed to address the hardships. Some of these programs were failures (which is analyzed/explained in the text) and some are working well (links are supplied so that readers can get involved). Most of the successful programs are small scale, grassroots organizations which are locally run.
Although the stories of suffering are intense, there are also stories of courageous people (like Greg Mortenson) who have really made a difference - and the overarching theme of this book is hope.

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