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WR122 - Half the Sky: Half the Sky

In addition to resources useful for WR122 research papers, this guide includes specific additional resources for the class topic, Half the Sky.

Source and Background Materials

Half the Sky - The official website of the book: "Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute."

Related Resources - Here are some of the groups that specialize in supporting women in the developing countries. It's a starting point for your own research.

The Women's Crusade - Published in the New York Times, this essay written by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn is a brief adaptation of the book.

CQ Researcher

Use CQ Researcher to find in-depth reports on related topics.

Browse by topic, such as:

Keyword search for terms such as honor killing, forced prostitution, maternal mortality, etc.

Selected books from RCC/JCLS libraries

Clicking on the book title will take you to the library cataloging record.

  • Click on the Where is it to see which library branch has the book and whether it is checked out or available.
  • Click on the Full Display button to see more information.
  • Click on Place Request if the book is at another branch or checked out and you would like it sent to your preferred library branch. You do need a library card to request items.

Tips for Narrowing your topic choice

Using the Library Catalog to look at subject headings:

  • In library catalog, select the search option Browse.
    Then choose search by Subject
    Search on Human Trafficking
  • Notice that some of the subject headings are specific to countries, or some aspect of human trafficking
  • Search on women-violence against

Using the Gale Virtual Reference Library for encyclopedia entries on the above topics; includes an encyclopedia title Human Trafficking.