Fab Female Friday: Sheryl WuDunn


(IMAGE: from Harvard China Care)

Sheryl WuDunn is a real game-changer, in more ways than one.

Previously a journalist and business executive for the New York Times, WuDunn became the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in Beijing with her husband, Nicholas Kristof. The dynamic duo witnessed human rights atrocities during their time abroad, and women and girls were the biggest victims.

WuDunn and Kristof co-authored in 2010 the eye-opening book Half the Sky, a pivotal work for shifting the world’s attention to not only the human rights crimes committed against women and girls in developing countries but also the importance of educating women and girls so they can better their own lives and their communities. WuDunn has helped turn Half the Sky into a movement, including a documentary series and a Facebook game, which recently reached 1 million players who contributed $410,450 in direct and sponsored donations, according to an August 28 posting on the “Half the Sky: The Game” Facebook page.

Now, it’s time for this fab female to speak for herself: Watch WuDunn’s TED Talk and realize why WuDunn says, “Women are part of the solution, not the problem.”

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