Books Beyond Borders Discusses Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Tue, May 23, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn



A book club dedicated to global social justice. In partnership with the American Jewish World Service.

Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

About Half the Sky

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.*

Written by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the book travels through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn show that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

*Please note that this program is a facilitated discussion with an AJWS representative, not an author talk.

About Books Beyond Borders

Five times a year we will meet to discuss fiction and non-fiction works that relate to AJWS’s mission to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Each book will inspire a rich discussion about current events and global justice issues and provide a vivid backdrop to deepen your understanding of AJWS’s work.


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Location: Gallery

Osher Marin JCC
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903