Book Group ‘Half the Sky; how to change the world’ by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn

The Humanist Society Scotland Book Group meets quarterly online which enables members from across Scotland to participate. New members are very welcome!


Our next meeting is on Thursday 27th January 2022, 7.30pm - 8.30pm (meeting online)


‘Half the Sky; how to change the world’ by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn


Chosen by David Greenlees (a former Humanist Society Scotland Trustee, and member of the Book Group since it started in April 2021)


"Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, husband and wife Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, take us on a journey through Africa and Asia to meet an extraordinary array of exceptional women struggling against terrible circumstances".


David described this book as "a horrific but inspiring account of how amazing women in Africa and Asia have overcome adversity to make meaningful change in their communities". One of David's daughters runs a small charity in Kenya, and gave him this book as a Christmas present, saying it was one of her favourite books! So this book comes recommended. 


David said that he found some of the frank descriptions of the womens' problems difficult to read, but their amazing stories more than made up for it. Published in 2010, it was a New York Times bestseller, and is sadly still relevant today.  The book has been described as "A call to arms against the most pervasive human rights violation of the 21st century: the oppression of women in the developing world".


Praise for Half The Sky: How to Change the World:


'A brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide . . . Far from making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women participate in the labour force . . . The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents' - Publishers' Weekly 


‘This wonderful book combines a denunciation of horrible abuses with clear-eyed hope and some compelling practical strategies. The courageous women described here, and millions more like them, deserve nothing less ‘THE NEW YORK TIMES


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