Half the Sky


Nicholas Kristof

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Dai Manju Character Analysis

Dai Manju is a woman from Central China whom Kristof and WuDunn knew as a young teenager. Dai Manju desperately wanted to finish grade school despite obstacles. A generous donation from an American on Dai Manju’s behalf (which turned out to be the bank’s numerical error, which the bank honored), led to the construction of a new school. As an adult, Dai Manju became a business executive.

Dai Manju Quotes in Half the Sky

The Half the Sky quotes below are all either spoken by Dai Manju or refer to Dai Manju . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Half the Sky published in 2010.
Chapter 10 Quotes

That is the power of education. One study after another has shown that educating girls is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty. Schooling is also often a precondition for girls and women to stand up against injustice, and for women to be integrated into the economy. Until women are numerate and literate, it is difficult for them to start businesses or contribute meaningfully to their national economies.

Related Characters: Nicholas D. Kristof (speaker), Sheryl WuDunn (speaker), Dai Manju
Page Number: 169
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dai Manju Character Timeline in Half the Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Dai Manju appears in Half the Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
...describe living in central China as newlyweds, and getting to know a teenaged girl name Dai Manju . Her family had “no running water, no bicycle, no wristwatch, no clock, no radio,”... (full context)