I first heard about Nicholas Kristof when I started researching the movement Half the Sky. Mr. Kristof is a reporter for the New York Times. He also co-wrote the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. In the documentary he interviews women who have been trafficked and he tries to bring attention to the issues that women from poor countries are facing, such as maternal mortality and poor education, by asking actress such as Eva Mendes, to go with him to countries such as Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone rape is used as a weapon of war, and once a girl is raped, her family is embarrassed and ashamed of her.  I am choosing to write a short biography about Nicholas Kristof because I believe that his activism in sex trafficking and other third world problems is astounding and I believe that he can make a difference. I find Mr. Kristof very inspiring and he is an outstanding feminist activist for sex trafficking. He blogs about issue from all over the world and he not only supports the fight to end sex trafficking, he also wishes to empower women and have their oppression turn into opportunity. His reports and book, Half the Sky, are meant to empower and also educate those who do not about the oppression that women face.

Nicholas D. Kristof was born on April 27, 1959 to Ladis and Jane Kristof and was raised on a farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He was the student body president and the school newspaper editor at Yamhill Carlton High School. After graduating from high school, he attended Harvard University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then graduated from Harvard and then he studied law and graduated with first class honors at Oxford. Writing articles to cover his expenses, he traveled all around Africa and Asia.

He then married Sheryl WuDunn and they have been a power couple ever since. The have co-written three books together and have three beautiful children. They reside outside of New York City, New York.

I chose Mr. Kristof for the feminist activist component because he is a great example for someone trying to get the word out to fight against things that he believes is wrong. He travels all around the word gathering stories and he tells the victims stories so that a woman living in the most remote places are heard. He exposes the harsh living conditions that people living in poverty face. Nick has had his life put in danger to get some of his stories. His blog shows that he uses his own voice and that he doesn’t use anyone else’s voice but his. He gets criticized but that doesn’t stop him from trying to make the world a better place. He cares about those living in poverty and he cares about the victims that people overlook. He cares about the people that help him when he goes to other countries, once his translator was not allowed into a country and Mr. Kristof refused to go on without him. I love how determined he is to get information out there to educate people. If you watch the documentary Half the Sky you will see how Nicholas Kristof cares about women and what happens to them. He cares about what they say and he wants them to know that they shouldn’t be treated certain ways. The book that he co-wrote with his wife is so inspiring because it shows the harsh conditions thousands of women live in day to day and how individuals stand up and fight for women who don’t have a voice. I chose Nicholas Kristof because he, along with his wife, created Half the Sky, and that is what has inspired me to create this blog.

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