Girl Rising Book and Teacher Resources

How can we respond to Girl Rising

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One way is to learn and to share what we have come to know. 

beneath the lion's gaze

Maaza Mengiste, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze. The book opens the eve of revolution in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Yonas is kneeling in prayer pleading that the violence might end. The book speaks to the lengths we go to attain human freedom and its cost.

Click here for the PDF Book club download (recipes, music, discussion questions, and an interview.)


Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. Lounge is a childhood surviver of the Khmer Rouge regime. The book is the courageous story of her family and hope.

Click here for the PDF Book club download ( recipes, interviews, discussion questions, and live links.)

girl rising youth collage

Click here for the young adult toolkit. Above are the suggested titles for the young adult reader. The books include the topics of: war, education, gender equality, HIV, human trafficking, child marriage, slavery, adoption, human trafficking, and famine.

The toolkit includes suggested titles, discussion questions, action ideas to support girls education, and recipes.

middle grade girl rising

Click here for the middle grade toolkit. Above are the suggested titles for the middle grade reader. Titles include the topics of: recovering from tragedy, war, separation, refugees, immigration, poverty, education, gender inequality, and famine.

The toolkit includes suggested titles, discussion questions, action ideas to support girls education and recipes.


Educators can click here for 10x10act resources: You will find age-group curriculum, videos, articles, a classroom activity, fact sheets, and Suma’s Song. All resources are downloadable.

adult collage

Four more titles complement this film:

The Hole in our Gospel

Beyond the Beautiful Forevers

The Blue Sweater

Half the Sky 

Half the Sky Documentary Film

I thought this needed it’s own blog post!

Husband and wife author team, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, wrote the book Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. 

Their book was turned into a documentary film to be shown on the PBS series Independent Lens in a two-part series.

Tune in October 1 and 2 on your local PBS channel to watch.

The authors, film makers, and activists visit ten countries. Through the film they put a human face of the abstract ideas of trafficking, prostitution, violence, and poverty. In the midst of difficult circumstances, they profile woman who have sought innovative ways to change their situations and the situations of others.

You will be inspired by the courageous stories of the women and girls profiled. This is an important conversation to join in making a difference.

If you have not read the book Half the Sky, I highly recommend adding it to your reading list. 

Book Review: Half the Sky

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Half the Sky

Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Woman Worldwide

By: Nicolas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are a married couple and winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.  In Half the Sky they tell the stories of woman and children who experience oppression in the developing World.

Listen to their stories.

Much of the oppression these woman and children face is delivered from the hands of their own families and communities due to deeply ingrained social structures.  The content is difficult; 21st century slaves, prostitution, rape, maternal health, education as a key to overcoming poverty and war, and finally microcredit.

Many of the brave woman and children who break free return to help others from the pain they have known. Their courage will inspire and change you.

Learn more about the Half the Sky Movement.