1) View the Table of Contents in Half the Sky.(Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof) Read the introduction – The Girl Effect

2) Note that Nick Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn traveled through parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of Asia. They tell the stories of women in villages or communities in these regions. Some stories are hopeful, others, not so much. “Why Do Women Die in Childbirth” or “Twenty-first Century Slaves: Fighting Slavery from Seattle.

3) Remember that the sub-title of the book is ‘Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’. So, in the end, Kristof and WuDunn are attempting to find ways to do just that: turn oppression into opportunity. In some cases, the women themselves are making those changes, in other cases, change may be driven by outside factors. As you read, focus on what Kristof and WuDunn see as possible opportunities in the stories. Krisof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient and an essayist for the New York Times.

For your Discussion Board, do the following: Write about 500 words, that is the equivalent of 2 double-spaced, regular margin, 12 point font, pages. In other words, about 1 page per story you select.

Read several stories in the book. Hopefully you will read them all! But focus on two (2) of them.
Give the Title of Each Story, so readers know how to refer back to your post.
Write the following for each of the stories you select:
Brief, two or three sentences overview of story. You don’t need more than 1/3 page for a good quick summary.
Where, when, what, who, and, why you found the story noteworthy
Significant Points & Major Themes or Relevant & Mind-blowing Statistics.
Spend the rest of your space discussing the ‘opportunities’ for the women, and/or for students or others that Kristof and WuDunn discuss, or that you think of. Focus on the opportunities and the eventual outcomes, and the steps to get there.
Find two sites or articles (credible news media online, or scholarly articles, government docs, etc…) to augment point #3 above. Use them in to your post as examples. What are other places / women / communities / organizations / governments doing to move toward opportunities? Cite your sites at the end of your Discussion Post.
If you happen to be writing your final essay on one of the topics in this book, you might want to write something that will jump-start your essay.

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