“Women Hold Up Half the Sky”
By Vivian Boe
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a profoundly moving novel written by journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The married duo traveled around the world interviewing women of all backgrounds on afflictions that affect women today such as, but not limited to, lack of education, maternal mortality, and human trafficking. Each chapter of the book includes personal, true stories of women and girls who have been directly impacted by the prejudice against women in many parts of the world. However, Kristof and WuDunn do not simply present accounts of great suffering. In fact, they do quite the opposite and share biographies of inspiring women who have overcome the hardships of inequality. In addition, they lay out solutions for the problem at hand. Half the Sky is a call to arms and is a reminder that “women aren’t the problem but the solution” (Kristof and WuDunn). Furthermore, “the plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity.” And what an opportunity we have as an all-girls school to stand in solidarity with women and girls around the world. If you would like to get involved, please visit halftheskymovement.org or read the book for yourself. It is currently the October selection for Emma Watson’s Goodreads book club, “Our Shared Shelf”. You know that if Hermione Granger is backing the movement, then it must be worthwhile.