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An ancient Chinese proverb says that women hold up half the sky. Yet throughout the developing world, instead of capitalizing on this powerful natural resource, millions of women are subject to brutality and victimization, even “gendercide.” In the tenth annual Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lecture, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, discuss Half The Sky, their passionate call to arms against the oppression of women around the globe —“the central moral challenge” of our time. Through inspiring stories of extraordinary women, the authors show that the most effective way to fight global poverty is to unleash the potential of women. They also offer an uplifting do-it-yourself tool kit for those who want to help. The event is free and open to the public.

The Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lecture, the 10th in an annual series, was established with a generous grant from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished private college of art, architecture and engineering founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist. Since its founding, all admitted students have received full-tuition scholarships.

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