“Half The Sky”

Elsewhere on this blog I have a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald about knowing things are hopeless, yet still having the determination to make them better. In “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide,” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, you can read about people who absolutely embody that kind of, as Fitzgerald put it, first-rate intelligence. I’m talking about people (women, mostly, in this case) who survived the most horrific abuses and injustices imaginable, and then somehow found the strength to try to make things better, for themselves and for others, often in the face of ongoing danger. Kristof and WuDunn (no slouches themselves in the trying-to-make-things-better department), tell the stories in such a way that just when you start to feel there really is no hope, you see that there is. Yet it’s not a feel-good book. It’s a get informed, open your eyes, and find out what you can do to help book.

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