Nicholas Kristof

Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authors

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

About the Topic

If the struggle against totalitarianism defined the twentieth century, then the struggle for gender equality will define the twenty-first, argue Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn. They ask how a society can thrive when it does not make use of fifty percent of its population. As co-authors of Half the Sky, a book about women in the developing world and their growing links to the West, this Pulitzer Prize-winning duo tackles these questions and more. Mr. Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times and Ms. WuDunn has been leading the development of a multi-media effort for women’s rights—including a web-based game, a documentary series and a television special—surrounding the book. Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn have co-authored two best-selling books about Asia: Thunder from the East and China Wakes. They won a Pulitzer Prize, the first awarded to husband and wife, for covering China. Ms. WuDunn was the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer and has also won other journalism prizes, including the Polk and Overseas Press Club awards. Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are the parents of Gregory, Geoffrey and Caroline. Mr. Kristof enjoys running, backpacking, and having his Chinese and Japanese corrected by his children. Ms. WuDunn has lectured on economic, political and social topics related to women in the developing world, the global economy, China and the emerging markets.