your homework: reading half the sky

Today I share with you our first guest blogger: Kennedy Carruthers.  We work together& she loves what we do, so I gave her a homework assignment.  Read Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn.  I give her an A+

It’s very easy to turn your head, close your ears or simply go numb when it comes witnessing the horrific things reported on the news—I think it’s safe to presume that we all have at one time or another. But when a story touches a personal nerve—when you can imagine your own child, sister, friend, grandmother or father as the victim—it becomes a whole lot harder to stay out of the situation. For New York Times contributor and blogger Nicholas Kristof, the tragic story of women’s fates in so many parts of this world was so unnerving he and his wife decided to write a book about it and approach it in such a way that ANY reader who picked it up would find some sort of anecdote that made the issue too loud to turn down.

Reading Half the Sky was a homework assignment of mine, suggested by couple and founding partners of Girl2B Foundation, Christine and Alfonso. The impact was beyond any homework assignment I’ve ever completed.

I whole-heartedly and sincerely recommend reading it—just not at bedtime. It  made we weep, it made those little daily annoyances insignificant, it made me feel grateful for the liberties I possess and the life I was born into.

Check it out and let us know your thoughts. If it’s captivated you the way it has Christine, Alfonso, numerous others and me, you’ll want to do something about the problem. You can do so by joining us here.

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