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Half the Sky

Saima Muhammad’s daughter, Javaria, is in school and ranked first in her class. Her father, once disdainful of girls, now says, “Girls are just as good as boys.” Photograph by Nicholas D. Kristof.

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

On view now through May 20, 2012


  • Included with Museum admission:
  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2
  • FREE to all on Thursdays


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Inspired by the bestselling book Half the Sky, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Women Hold Up Half the Sky welcomed tens of thousands of visitors during its run at the Skirball Cultural Center. The groundbreaking exhibition addressed the oppression of women worldwide as the human rights cause of our time. The exhibition will be traveling soon! Check back for an updated tour schedule.

Featuring documentary photographs, visual art, innovative sound installations, and interactive opportunities for visitors to get involved, Women Hold Up Half the Sky addresses gender equality as the human rights cause of our time. Confronting the malign persistence of sex trafficking, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality, the exhibition tells stories of women from around the globe who have changed their lives through education, economics, and self-determination. Among them is Saima Muhammad, who lived in fear of her abusive husband and whose community ignored her suffering until she received a $65 microloan and built an embroidery business that now supports thirty families in her Pakistani village. The exhibition also spotlights visionaries like Edna Adan Ismail, the former first lady of Somalia, who used her life savings to build a maternity hospital in war-torn Somaliland, prompting donations and support from all over the world.

Experience these tales of perseverance, courage, and hope—and celebrate how individuals can be part of workable solutions.

Special Evening Hours:
Women Hold Up Half the Sky will remain open 5:00–8:00 p.m. on these select evenings:

Thursday, January 12
Friday, January 20
Friday, January 27
Saturday, January 28
Thursday, February 2
Thursday, February 9
Wednesday, February 15
Thursday, February 23
Thursday, March 8

Learn about more exhibitions at the Skirball.

Read the press release.



Women Hold Up Half the Sky
October 4, 2011

  1. Jaxie E. Julian I am so glad that so many people are stepping out to aid women and children caught in the crossfires of human trafficking and other gender issues. October 08, 2011
  2. Mary Markus I am a fan of Nicholas Kristoff, and appreciate all of his good works. October 08, 2011
  3. Paula Chelita Davidson I recently became a sponsor for Women for Women International and would love to be able to come to your museum but I live in Scotland! After buying Half the Sky it was impossible for me not to get involved. I am a teacher myself working in a community where social deprivation and child poverty seems to be on the increase. I know only too well the importance of educating girls. I wish your exhibition success and urge others to buy the book and take an interest, it changed my life. October 12, 2011

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