Lend a Hand

Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Vintage, $15.95, 320 pp.

Half the Sky tells a story and has a mission. Its Pulitzer-Prize-winning authors, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, don’t merely report on the neglect, abuse, torture, and enslavement of women across much of the globe; they aim to inspire readers to relieve the misery that millions of women suffer.

The authors, veteran journalists and a married couple, describe the tormented lives of women and girl children so graphically that the emotional distance usually produced by...

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Sandra H. Johnson, professor emerita of law and health-care ethics at St. Louis University, is acting dean of its law school.