This past week we attended an event at the Skirball Cultural Center featuring an interview between Lisa Napoli (author, journalist and KCRW personality) and Sheryl WuDunn (co-author of Half the Sky and Pulitzer Prize winner). The talk coincided with the Skirball’s “Half the Sky” Exhibit, based on the best selling book of the same name. “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” was the book that was one of our inspirations for founding Theatre for Humans and our play so it was interesting to hear Ms. WuDunn speak about her experiences and what motivated her and her husband (Nicholas Kristoff) to write it. Due to the overwhelming success of this book, they have founded an organization to mobilize people to become engaged and take action. In addition to her work promoting their “Half the Sky” movement, it was refreshing to hear her speak about the importance of keeping her “day job” as a financial planner and business executive. She believes that “for profit” companies can play a significant role in furthering causes and generating awareness. Again, a very encouraging thing to hear since that has always been our philosophy. We were also glad to see a large number of men in the audience – as we had heard that men made up only about 10% of the people attending the gallery exhibit. Clearly the issues that face women and girls can only be solved with everyone’s involvement. If it is true that “Women hold up half the sky”, then men must hold up the other half. Without both, change will never happen.
If you’re in Los Angeles, the “Half the Sky” exhibit will be at the Skirball Cultural Center through May 20th. It’s worth checking out.
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