Half the Sky


Nicholas Kristof

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Tererai Trent Character Analysis

Tererai Trent is a Zimbabwean woman who desperately wanted to attend school, but was restricted by her family’s devaluation of women. Members of the aid group Heifer International encouraged Tererai nonetheless, and, inspired to pursue her unlikely ambitions, she eventually studied in the United States where she earned a PhD and conducted research on AIDS in African countries.

Tererai Trent Quotes in Half the Sky

The Half the Sky quotes below are all either spoken by Tererai Trent or refer to Tererai Trent . 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 14 Quotes

We like to think of aid as a kind of lubricant, a few drops of oil in the crankcase of the developing world, so that gears move freely again on their own.

Related Characters: Nicholas D. Kristof (speaker), Sheryl WuDunn (speaker), Jo Luck , Tererai Trent
Page Number: 242
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Tererai Trent Character Timeline in Half the Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Tererai Trent appears in Half the Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
The Oppression of Women  Theme Icon
Universal Benefits of Women’s Empowerment  Theme Icon
Solutions to Address the Oppression of Women Theme Icon
...more women-focused for pragmatic reasons. Its president Jo Luck traveled to Zimbabwe, where she met Tererai Trent . As a girl, Tererai was considered more useful at home than at school, but... (full context)