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Givology 2012 Reading List

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[i][u]Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide[/u][/i]
By: Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Description: From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

[i]Kristof and WuDunn compelled a powerful story that tells how women face the suppression of culture and government in different parts of the world. A must read for those who believe in the power of making a difference and supporting the movement of women’s rights. [/i]

[i][u]Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty[/u][/i]
By: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo


Description: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning, that poverty at the level of 99 cents a day is just a more extreme version of the experience any of us have when our income falls uncomfortably low.

[i][u]Poor Economics[/u][/i][i] is an important novel that talks about the extreme of being in poverty and describes the details of conquering global poverty. Experts recommend this book to those who are interested in developmental issues and are looking for ways to make changes.[/i]

[i][u]The Road from Coorain[/u][/i]
By: Jill Ker Conway


Description: At age 11, Conway left the arduous life on her family's sheep farm in the Australian outback for school in war-time Sydney, burdened by an emotionally dependent, recently widowed mother. A lively curiosity and penetrating intellect illuminate this unusually objective account of the author's progress from a solitary childhood to public achievement as president of Smith College and now professor at MIT. Gifted with an ability to adapt to a wide range of cultures and people and despite ingrained Australian prejudice against intellectuals, Conway devoted herself to the study of history and literature, spurred on by excellent British-style schooling.

[i]In Conway’s autobiography, she describes the difficulties of the Australian culture and history that led her to her educational achievements today. Her story inspires many young women today to never give up on education and continue to persevere through the many hardships. A great read for anyone looking for inspiration. [/i]

[i][u]The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time[/u][/i]
By: Jeffrey Sachs


Description: Jeffrey Sachs sets the stage by drawing a vivid conceptual map of the world economy and the different categories into which countries fall. Then, in a tour de force of elegance and compression, he explains why, over the past two hundred years, wealth has diverged across the planet in the manner that it has and why the poorest nations have been so markedly unable to escape the cruel vortex of poverty. Rather than deliver a worldview to readers from on high, Sachs leads them along the learning path he himself followed, telling the remarkable stories of his own work in Bolivia, Poland, Russia, India, China, and Africa as a way to bring readers to a broad-based understanding of the array of issues countries can face.
[i]In Sachs’s novel, he offers important and powerful insights and details to readers of how the geography of a country can lead to its economic development. A very insightful novel that many people can gain knowledge through about the possibilities of ending poverty.[/i]

[i][u]The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World[/u][/i]
By: Jacqueline Novogratz


Description: [i]The Blue Sweater[/i] is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. It all started back home in Virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly became her prized possession—until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa, she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater, with her name still on the tag inside. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to Rwanda was ample evidence, she thought, of how we are all connected, how our actions—and inaction—touch people every day across the globe, people we may never know or meet. [i]The Blue Sweater[/i] is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.

[i][u][color=black]The Blue Sweater[/color][/u][/i][i] is a novel that reminds its readers that we are all connected in some way, rich or poor. Novogratz wants to encourage her readers that a simple act of kindness can go a long way. A must read for everyone![/i]

[i][u][color=black]Women on Power: Leadership Redefined[/color][/u][/i]
By: Sue Freeman, Susan Bourgue, Jill Conway, and Christine M.Shelton


Description: Women have made enormous strides into the professional workplace over the last two decades, yet few have assumed leadership roles in the higher ranks of predominately male occupations: business, politics, the professions, and sport. This pioneering collection by experts in a variety of disciplines combines theoretical discussions with historical and contemporary case studies to offer a fresh vista on how gender has influenced and redefined today's notions of leadership and power.

[i]This collection of essays created by Freeman, Bourgue, Conway, and Shelton contains honest and influential works that covers the subject of a woman’s role in society. It leaves readers with new questions and thinking. This collection is recommended read to everyone.

[i][u]Charlotte Hawkins Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute: What One Young African American Woman Could Do[/u][/i]
By: Charles W. Wadelington


Description: In the fall of 1901, Charlotte Hawkins Brown jumped off a Southern Railway train in the backwoods of North Carolina. She was black, single, and barely eighteen years old and had come alone from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to begin her first real job as a teacher at a small, struggling school for African Americans. Decades later, with her energy and determination, she founded Palmer Memorial Institute, and Brown built Palmer up to become one of the premier academies for African American children in the nation. A remarkable example of achievement in the face of discrimination and the story of her will continue to provide a model of educational success born of dedication and hard work.

[i]Brown’s story is not only inspiring for African Americans, but also for women around the world in general. Her tale taught readers to be determined and have courage in whatever they do. Brown also emphasized on how education can change one’s life. A good read for those who wants to understand the importance of education as Brown did.[/i]

[i][u]The Education of Blacks in the South[/u][/i]
By: James D. Anderson


Description: James Anderson critically reinterprets the history of southern black education from Reconstruction to the Great Depression. By placing black schooling within a political, cultural, and economic context, he offers fresh insights into black commitment to education, the peculiar significance of Tuskegee Institute, and the conflicting goals of various philanthropic groups, among other matters. Initially, ex-slaves attempted to create an educational system that would support and extend their emancipation, but their children were pushed into a system of industrial education that presupposed black political and economic subordination. This conception of education and social order—supported by northern industrial philanthropists, some black educators, and most southern school officials—conflicted with the aspirations of ex-slaves and their descendants, resulting at the turn of the century in a bitter national debate over the purposes of black education.

[i]Anderson’s novel gave important insights on how the economics of most African Americans can influence their education. A very informative read recommended to everyone.[/i][url=][color=#003399]Show More[/color][/url] [url=][color=#003399]Show Less[/color][/url] [url=][i][color=#003399]Show More[/color][/i][/url]

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