Reading List – The 50%

Another presidential election has come and gone.  And while I’m suffering poll and stump speech withdrawals, I’m sure most of you are grateful that the hoopla has died down.

And whether you’re pleased or dismayed by the outcome, everyone can agree that it’s amazing (and long overdue) that 20 Senators are women.

While this is a major milestone in American history, it’s equally heartbreaking that in the same year, Malala Yousufzai, a young girl from Pakistan, is shot in the head by the Taliban when she stood up for her right, and the right of all girls, to an education.  (She is healing in London, and has received worldwide support to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize).

It’s a study in contradictions.  And to remedy the situation, the first step we can take is to educate ourselves.  These books are eye-opening, heartbreaking, and hopeful that we can provide a better world to 50% of its population.

Women hold up half the sky.  How they are treated in other parts of the world is inexcusable.

Think / Half The Sky / The Road of Lost Innocence
Nine Parts of Desire / I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced / Sold

 I’ve written a more in-depth review of Think here, and women’s rights worldwide here.  Please check them out, and let me know how you plan to give back.