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Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
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Feb 16, 2010

it was amazing
Recommended to Robin by: AAUW

Very powerful book so far....reading it in preparation for International Women's Day, March 4.

This was the most powerful and enlightening book I have ever read. The title speaks to an old saying that women hold up half the sky. The authors shed light on the atrocities that women endure around the globe. It is a book at once hard to put down and also deeply disturbing to continue reading. I had to put it down many times because reading about the cruelies suffered by women worldwide can be too much to absorb in one sitting.

People get away with enslaving village girls, murdering, torturing,participating in bride burnings, honor killings, genital cutting, mass rapes, and acid attacks,etc for the same reason that people got away with enslaving blacks two hundred years ago:The victims are viewed as discounted human beings.

There exists a crucial way forward in a new international movement focusing on women in the developing world. Please help in any small way by learning more. Two useful web sites to consult for information about aid groups are and

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February 16, 2010 – Shelved
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April 3, 2010 – Finished Reading

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Janice Robin, thanks for this review, and for the web links. I hope through this book, and through other sources such as the internet sites you mention, more and more people will become better informed, outraged, and want to do something, about these issues.

Robin Thanks Janice for your comments!

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