Half the Sky

I came across this quote today which I loved:

“Submit to a daily practice…Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window.” – Rumi

I’m hoping that using this blog as my “daily practice”  will help me in many ways.

Also, came across this touching article about India’s unwanted girls. A month ago I finished reading Half the Sky, which was such an eye-opening book. It talks about the oppression women face across the world.

I’ve lived a pretty sheltered life. Don’t get me wrong: I know terrible things happen in the world, but I’ve never read about them in such vivid detail.

I would highly recommend Half the Sky to everyone (women and men alike) to read! I’ve never had a book change my world view on things until I read it. Honestly, I’m not one to make rape jokes regardless (i.e. “Oh that exam just raped me”) but after reading some horrific stories, I don’t think I ever will!  Just as there is a campaign to stop using the word “gay” synonymous with stupid or lame, I think the same should be done for rape jokes.

I cannot even begin to fathom the pain (emotionally and physically) that so many girls in the developing world go through on a daily basis. I truly commend Nicholas Kristof and Sherry WuDunn for writing such a book, bringing the plight of these young girls and women to the forefront of the news, and more importantly being their voice in this world.

What was one book that completely changed your worldview?

Anyway, good moments:

– Spending time with my baby niece. She is absolutely the cutest and funniest thing. I love that I finally have a baby that is related to me and also lives close by so I can see her fairly often.

-Shopping and eating yummy falafels.

– 3 days until I’m on the East Coast! So excited for my trip. It’ll be nice to get away and experience a change of scene for a while.

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7 thoughts on “Half the Sky

  1. i love love love that you write about your good moments, and also I have been meaning to read Half the Sky. Also, we should talk, because I really wanna do something with education, literacy, and girls (ie open a school in India)

  2. I need to start writing again-I feel so disorganized in just about every aspect of my life and I think writing may help me-it is after all one of the things both of us have always loved to do :)thanks for posting this because I stumbled across it and it gave me inspiration/motivation to try to write again, at least just for myself if not for anyone else

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