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Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
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Jun 04, 2011

I was given this book to read as part of a major upcoming project at work. The book is comprised of a series of short stories from around the world from the points of view of the authors that interviewed women and girls from around the globe. My heart aches at the realization of the oppression these girls and subsequently women find themselves in and must contend to survive and fight for their freedom and in doing, so they choose to LIVE! As an American woman in her mid-40's this book has made me cry, rage, laugh and cheer. I am in awe of the strength and fortitude that these women and girls find within themselves, and it makes me excited for the upcoming project with PBS and to play some part, However, small it may be...but to make a difference. It has been said education is the greatest equalizer, and it makes me ashamed of everyone who complains and belittles the availability of an education. As a returning adult student at a university I realize just how blessed I am to have the opportunity to have a seat in the classroom and an interactive learning dialogue between students and our professors — after reading this book most especially I couldn't understand anyone complaining about having to class, participate in classroom discussions or do research and homework...any one of these women and girls would take your place in a nano second. This book attests to the power of the human heart and spirit.

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June 4, 2011 – Shelved
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April 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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