‘Half the Sky’ author to explain how to turn oppression into opportunity for women worldwide for next Assembly Series


Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sheryl WuDunn will present an Assembly Series address, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Graham Chapel on Washington University in St. Louis’ Danforth Campus.

A booksigning will follow in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge. Both events are free and open to the public.

WuDunn’s lecture is sponsored by the undergraduate student governing body, Student Union, the WUSTL student group Half the Sky and co-sponsored by the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy.

WuDunn is a best-selling author, business leader and lecturer who studies and writes about the economic, political and social forces affecting women throughout the globe. She is also a co-author, with her husband, Nicholas Kristof, of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

But “Half the Sky” is more than a book; it also is a powerful social justice and economic movement that is positively affecting millions of women’s lives throughout the globe, and WuDunn is leading the development of a multimedia effort to support “Half the Sky” initiatives.

In addition, WuDunn is president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy, and also works as a director with Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking firm serving the middle market.

She has had extensive experience at The New York Times, in both executive and journalistic roles, first as a correspondent in its Beijing bureau. With Kristof, she has authored two additional best-sellers about Asia: “Thunder from the East” and “China Wakes.” The couple received a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1990 for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests.

WuDunn earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, an MBA from Harvard University, and a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University.

Related links

WuDunn TED Talk
Half the Sky movement on PBS

For information regarding this and other programs, visit the Assembly Series page or call 314-935-4620.