Half the Sky


Nicholas Kristof

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Rose Wanjera is a young Kenyan woman who, when pregnant and suffering from an infection, benefited from a maternal health program established by a consortium of aid organizations, including one founded by Allan Rosenfield. Ultimately, this program was cut because of George W. Bush’s funding decisions, motivated by anti-abortion views.

Rose Wanjera Quotes in Half the Sky

The Half the Sky quotes below are all either spoken by Rose Wanjera or refer to Rose Wanjera. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Half the Sky published in 2010.
Chapter 8 Quotes

Religion plays a particularly profound role in shaping policies on population and family planning, and secular liberals and conservative Christians regularly square off. Each side has the best of intentions, yet each is deeply suspicious of the other—and these suspicions make it difficult to forge a broad left-right coalition that would be far more effective in confronting trafficking and overcoming the worst kinds of poverty.

Related Characters: Nicholas D. Kristof (speaker), Sheryl WuDunn (speaker), Rose Wanjera
Page Number: 132
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Rose Wanjera Character Timeline in Half the Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Rose Wanjera appears in Half the Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Family Planning and the “God Gulf”. The chapter begins with Rose Wanjera, a young pregnant Kenyan woman seeking prenatal care, whose husband had recently been mauled... (full context)
The Complexity of Aid Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
What happened to Rose and the refugees, the authors argue, reflects the “‘God Gulf’ in American foreign policy.” Different... (full context)