Half the Sky: a little perspective

8 Oct

While we are considering the issues of equality and sexism in higher education, it is important to take a step back and consider what it takes to get to higher education.

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(Source: Half the Sky, episode 1)

Half the Sky is a new series on PBS (Mitt, are you listening?) which documents the oppression of women around the globe, based off of the best-selling book. In Episode 1 of this series, the final segment focuses on the effort to get young Vietnamese girls educated. Gabrielle Union joins a young student on her near-20 mile bike ride to school, a commute which she does each day to attend classes. While this is barely the beginning of the barriers that exist for young girls wishing to pursue an education, it is a striking example of the lengths that these incredible young girls go to in order to educate themselves.

Don’t miss watching episode 1 online (only available through October 9, 2012): click here to stream video on the PBS website.

You can also visit the movement’s website here for more information as well as a video trailer.

 

Thanks for reading,

– Danielle

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