I purchased Half the Sky, when it first came out in 2009. Three years later, I still have not read it. This often happens with books that I actually own. They don't have a library due date, and are therefore relegated to the pile of books that I have every intention of getting to "some day". I have decided that today is that day.
I recently discovered the trailer for a 2-part PBS special on Half the Sky. After watching it, it took awhile, but I located my copy of the book. I will read this, and I will watch the 2-part series airing worldwide on October 1st and 2nd.
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity."
Please (please) watch the trailer below, and please (please) join me in tuning into PBS on October 1st and 2nd. I will post a reminder here the Saturday before.