Worthwhile Books & Films

Half the Sky Movement recommends these books and films to help expand your knowledge of women's issues worldwide. Feel free to submit your own ideas on our Facebook page: facebook.com/halftheskymovement
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Malala Yousafzai's book I Am Malala comes out tomorrow. Pre-order on Amazon today.

Malala Yousafzai's book I Am Malala comes out tomorrow. Pre-order on Amazon today.

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As the old axiom goes: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” But teach a woman to fish, and everyone eats for a lifetime.  In this firsthand account, Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, shares how women can, and are, overcoming the forces that keep them in poverty.

As the old axiom goes: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” But teach a woman to fish, and everyone eats for a lifetime. In this firsthand account, Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, shares how women can, and are, overcoming the forces that keep them in poverty.

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In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.

In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.

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Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) illustrates her dark past as a victim of commercial sex exploitation and how she now seeks to help other girls and women in the sex industry.

Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) illustrates her dark past as a victim of commercial sex exploitation and how she now seeks to help other girls and women in the sex industry.

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Ming Holden’s new non-fiction novella, Survival Girls, tells the story of Congolese refugee girls in the slums of Nairobi who use theater to tell their stories of survival. Her book traces her journey and the stories of the remarkable young women who joined her project. All proceeds of the book go to the Survival Girls themselves -- check it out via Amazon.

Ming Holden’s new non-fiction novella, Survival Girls, tells the story of Congolese refugee girls in the slums of Nairobi who use theater to tell their stories of survival. Her book traces her journey and the stories of the remarkable young women who joined her project. All proceeds of the book go to the Survival Girls themselves -- check it out via Amazon.

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"In 2011, Leymah Gbowee became a global figure when she won a Nobel Prize for launching a grassroots women’s movement that led to peace in Liberia. This is an amazing tale of a group of women coming together to change the course of a country’s history—and it’s also the inspiring story of how Leymah overcame her own doubts and fears and found the courage to lead them." -Bill Gates

"In 2011, Leymah Gbowee became a global figure when she won a Nobel Prize for launching a grassroots women’s movement that led to peace in Liberia. This is an amazing tale of a group of women coming together to change the course of a country’s history—and it’s also the inspiring story of how Leymah overcame her own doubts and fears and found the courage to lead them." -Bill Gates

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Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales
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“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

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In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia had been racked by fourteen years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa's "Iron Lady"—was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of the West African nation.    In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf shares the inside story of her rise to power, including her early childhood; her experiences with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her fight for democracy and social justice.

In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia had been racked by fourteen years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa's "Iron Lady"—was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of the West African nation. In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf shares the inside story of her rise to power, including her early childhood; her experiences with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her fight for democracy and social justice.

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