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Girl Rising Screening

The incandescent Miranda Orbach ’15 writes in to let you know about a cool film screening going on Thursday evening:

Join the global campaign to educate and empower girls around the world! Come see Girl Rising, presented at Wesleyan by Half the Sky! It will be screened in Exley 150 at 8PM on May 2nd.
Check out the phenomenal trailer here.

10X10 is a global campaign to educate and empower girls. At the center of the campaign is a feature film, Girl Rising. The film, by Academy Award nominated director Richard Robbins, features performances from Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys and others. This is a beautiful and important film that tells the stories of 9 remarkable girls from around the world and their remarkable journeys to overcome all odds and acquire an education. The film carries a powerful message: if we educate girls, we can change the future of some 66 million girls around the world who today only dream of going to school. Together, we can create powerful change. I hope you’ll join this movement with us!

Date: Thursday, May 2nd
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Exley 150
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Half the Sky Meeting/Discussion about Women’s Empowerment

Marissa Guerrero ’15 wants you to turn oppression into opportunity for women worldwide:

Half the Sky is a worldwide movement that deals with international women’s issues – including gender violence, sex trafficking, education, economic independence, forced prostitution, and women’s empowerment – to empower women and combat the oppression that women and girls face worldwide. The movement works with a ton of smaller organizations (including Wesleyan’s very own SHOFCO) to support women worldwide.

This week’s meeting has two goals:
1. Organization – planning our exciting events and activities for the semester! Bring all of your great ideas!
2. Discussion about women’s issues! This week’s theme: empowerment through economic independence. We’ll discuss microfinance: its economic benefits, how microloans help to empower women and alleviate poverty, and its criticisms. Check out the websites below for more info!

Join us on Tuesday for an interesting discussion!

Screening: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Part Two

Still trying to get us all to care about the world, Katherine Clifford ’14 announces:

Half the Sky-Wesleyan is hosting a screening of Part 2 of the PBS documentary: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The documentary is based on the best-selling book by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Part 2 of the film features Kristof and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, and Olivia Wilde in India, Somalia/Somaliland, and Kibera, Kenya as they encounter stories of the shocking challenges facing women and girls. This section focuses on the issues of maternal morality, intergenerational prostitution, and economic hardship and on the hopeful stories of individuals working to empower women.

For those of you who saw part 1 last month, you won’t want to miss the second half. If you weren’t able to see the first half, it doesn’t matter! Come see this moving and inspirational film. We’re also doing a school supply drive for rural schools in Baja, Mexico, so bring donations to the screening if you’re able to!

Date: Thursday, November 29th
Time: 8 pm
Place: Exley 150
Cost: $0 but bring school supplies and closet junk!

Donate School Supplies and/or Closet Junk to Benefit Schools in Mexico

Katherine Clifford ’14 encourages you to think outside yourself for a minute:

Half the Sky, a new student group focused on women’s empowerment globally would
like to call your attention to a serious challenge facing remote schools in Baja, Mexico.
After a devastating hurricane (Paul) and a lack of assistance from the government, village
schools in Mexico are DESPERATE for supplies. We are coordinating with the
nonprofit organization Global Classroom to help remedy this issue.

Please help by donating!

  • School Supplies
  • Craft Supplies
  • Money for purchasing bulk school supplies and basic medical care
  • Things you need to get out of your closet

Collect things over Thanksgiving and bring them back for the drive!


  • We will be tabling in Usdan 11/26 – 11/28
  • Collection boxes will be in Usdan, Red and Black, North College, Exley, Pi, and Olin
  • Collection tins for $ donations in Red and Black, Olin

Also, check out our meetings! They are Wednesdays at 8:15pm in Squash aka. 41
Wyllys in room 110.

Film Screening: Half the Sky

Katherine Clifford ’14 writes in to let y’all know about an amazing screening that’s happening TONIGHT in Exley. Come to a screening of the new PBS documentary: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide. The film is based off New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book and movement, Half the Sky, which is about confronting women’s oppression globally through girls’ education, economic empowerment, and health care.

The film follows Kristof and 6 celebrity advocates in 10 countries as they encounter powerful and inspiring individuals, who face challenges such as sex trafficking, forced prostitution, and gender-based violence.

Hosted by Half the Sky-Wesleyan in partnership with Rho Epsilon Pi, SHOFCO and the Bayit.

Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Exley 150