The women whose stories are told here deserve every star I could give. They are heartbreaking stories and inspirational women. The reporting by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn gives me pause. Mainly, that Nicholas Kristof comes off like the white savior saving the brown women from the brown men. Ick. (For an in-depth discussion of that, I suggest reading this
article by Sayantani DasGupta. That white savior/brown people breakdown came from her, to give credit where it's due). My other problem is that the statistics in the book didn't seem to have much context. I'm not really a statistics person, so maybe that's why they didn't add much to the picture for me. Still, Kristof has been there, met these women, and tried to shine a light on them, even if he's done it in a flawed way. I'm not sure we should all give up on the UN agencies and the large NGO's as Kristof and WuDunn seem to think, but it does make sense that empowering indigenous grassroots efforts would lead to local solutions for local issues. I also liked the way the authors broke it down for readers at the back of the book where they lay out ways you can make a difference in the next ten minutes. Even with questionable reporting, this is a book worth reading.