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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500

October 27, 2011 through May 20, 2012

Inspired by the critically acclaimed book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, 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 (October 27, 2011–May 20, 2012). The groundbreaking exhibition addresses the oppression of women worldwide as the human rights cause of our time.

Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, the exhibition will next be presented at the Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio (October 26, 2012–March 30, 2013). Subsequent travel dates are currently available.

Click here for details on hosting this exhibition


View documentary photographs, compelling visual art, and more.


Gather ideas for how to take action on behalf of women and girls, locally and worldwide.


See how visitors are responded to the exhibition's call to action.

  1. phyllis and david rothman Thank you so much for putting together this exhibit. It is so important for our world. We were privileged to be part of the audience who heard Nicholas Kristof last night. He has long been our hero. We were captivated by his undaunted zeal and hopefulness. October 26, 2011
  2. Linda A To those of you who have seen this exhibit, what would you say is the minimum age for viewers? I have two girls, ages 9 and 10. November 18, 2011
  3. Skirball Cultural Center Thank you for your web comment. While Women Hold Up Half the Sky contains no graphic depictions of violence, it does include images and stories of individuals who have experienced it. The Skirball has, however, designed a map showing four family-friendly exhibition stops (recommended for ages 8 and up) that focus on actions we can all take on behalf of women and girls in need. Please ask the volunteer on duty in the gallery for this specially designed map. We look forward to seeing you here soon. December 06, 2011
  4. Ginette Pohlmeier Muhammad Yunus and his work with micro-loans through Grameen Bank is truly inspirational. I dream that one day his ideas on 'social business' catch on... This exhibition is sure to bring a greater awareness to the general public so big thanks to Skirball for, once again, bringing great programs and exhibitions to LA. I can't wait to check it out... December 13, 2011
  5. Kristina Sachs This engaging exhibit urges us to become more aware of injustices around the world. Yet equally as important is the clarion call to be part of the solution in taking action by helping to turn oppression into opportunity for women worldwide. Thank you, Skirball Center! And thank you, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn for opening our eyes and hearts to these critical issues more clearly. The exhibit is a must see! January 27, 2012

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