SEATTLE - Members of book clubs typically read a book every month and get together to discuss it. But, Mercy Corps
a humanitarian aid group based in Portland with offices in Seattle,
wants them to do more than talk - to actually get involved in solving
the problems presented in a new book. "Half the Sky," by Nicholas
Kristof and Sheryl Wu-Dunn, uses real-life examples of women in
developing countries to examine the issues of health care, sex
trafficking, and the lack of education.
Minda Siebert, senior community relations officer for Mercy Corps
, says it's an unforgettable 'read.'
"It's firsthand stories of women who are empowered by, either an
organization, or their family, or even themselves, to make a change. It
has a powerful message, even though the stories are heart-wrenching and
really make you shake your head about what's going on in the world."
is asking book clubs to raise awareness and money
to support its programs that empower women. The authors of "Half the
Sky" will visit the book club that achieves the most impressive record
of activism. So far, Siebert says, more than 40 book clubs in
Washington have signed up for the national challenge.
"We weren't exactly sure how many book clubs would really engage in
this project. Generally, they read one book a month, then they talk
about it and they move on to their lives; or do they do something else?
But we are finding this book is really connecting with people, and they
do want to do more."
Clubs can sign up on the Mercy Corps' Web site at www.mercycorps.org/halfthesky