"Half The Sky" By nicholas D. kristof and sheryl wudunn

This book contains the journeys of women in unfortunate situations with a happy ending and for many of them, their coming of age. Through the book we hear the unheard voices of women who go through trials all because they live in the places that they do. Each women in the book has suffered human trafficking, sexual abuse, unheard voices, sexism, rape, unplanned pregnancies, loss of a child, and a child being taken away/sold. These women live hard lives but when aid groups intervene in their lives it changes for the better. Most women lose hope, however, when aid groups come into these third world countries and step in with a solution to these problems that women have, it gives them the hope the lost back. In this book, we also see that change in women as the begin to find courage to let their voices and actions no longer be suppressed by others. (This book has a total of 254)

As I read this book, the format of it became clear that each chapter represented a story of each women. In the beginning, the ending of each chapter, or the "end" of the women's journey were unsatisfying to me, all because the women deserved more. In the later chapters, I began to realize that the endings had "happier" endings all because more people began to intervene with their lives. Women who lived in places that had more poverty, had to go through all these hardships because they were less wealthy. In the end, we are all human and we all deserve to be treated fairly. Many think that your social status, gender, culture defines what people can and can't do to you. I believe people need to wake up and see that as human we are all equal and deserve to be treated with respect.

"These girls are sacrificed so that we can have harmony in society...The good Indian middle class girls are safe" (Kristof & WuDunn 24).

"Finally, the judge sentenced Aberew to ten years in prison. But a month later, for reasons that are unclear, the judge released him" (Kristof & WuDunn 65).

"Her faith is still enormously important to her, but she realizes that that the worls will not end if she drops her scarf" (Kristof & WuDunn 76).

"Even the women who live in town, right next to the hospital, they have their babies at home...only about 5% of local women deliver in the hospital" (Kristof & WuDunn 110).

"A women's testimony counts only half as much as a man's, and a daughter inherits only half as much as a son" (Kristof & WuDunn 224).


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