One Book, One Oakton

Posted on February 27, 2014. Filed under: Event, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , |

book cover for Half the SkyMarch is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we are hosting a book discussion about Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women. At each book discussion will also be a showing of the PBS documentary that this book inspired. These viewings and discussions will be held on the following dates:

Des Plaines, Room 1604
12:30-1:45 p.m.

  • March 3
  • March 10
  • March 24
  • March 31

Skokie, Room C140
12:30-1:45 p.m.

  • March 6
  • March 13
  • March 27
  • April 3

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

“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.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey 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.

They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see 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” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Drinks and dessert will be provided at each event.

Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Oakton’s Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and the Oakton Library.

Join Oakton for a host of special events and activities marking Women’s History Month. A full schedule is available on our website.


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