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When you walk the floor at night thinking about how women are treated, these people are, too.

A wonderful project presents stories of women you'll never want to forget. And that's just the beginning.

When you walk the floor at night thinking about how women are treated, these people are, too.

It's the answer to the central moral challenge of our time.

The oppression of women is finally starting to end.

It takes a thousand different forms in a thousand different places, creating an interwoven mesh of cruelty. It encompasses physical abuse, sex-trafficking and prostitution, restricted access to education and opportunity, and more.


What's changed is that women are confronting the abuse head-on.

They're doing it all over the world, empowered by the knowledge of each other's presence and struggle.

Two journalists wrote a best seller about it.

In 2009, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn released "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." It became a phenomenon.

"Women hold up half the sky." — Mao Zedong

They wanted to let people know and take heart from the exciting changes they were starting to see.

Half the Sky is now a movement.

Inspired by the book, the women and men of Half the Sky are committed to raising awareness of the problems women face and providing real solutions. Supporters have donated over $5 million to organizations supporting women and girls.

There was the movie.

The movement's first major video production is the "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" film that ran in four parts on PBS. It's now available on DVD.

This is the trailer.

The show visited 10 countries around the world.

Kristof was accompanied by A-listers like America Ferrera, Eva Mendes, and Gabrielle Union. They met with women and girls struggling to overcome terrible obstacles and recorded their heartache and triumph.

These are intimate and powerful stories you won't want to forget.

Half the Sky also has a Facebook game that's a lot more than fun.

The game raises awareness about real issues, but here's the best part: Players unlock real-world donations from Half the Sky partners during gameplay.

There are also mobile games for developing communities.

Of the 3.5 billion cellphones in the world, over 65% of them are in developing countries, and Half the Sky is helping to produce and distribute games for these phones that teach about important local topics.

There are three mobile game apps so far.

In January 2015, PBS debuted another Half the Sky program.

This one is called "A Path Appears."

Wanna join the movement?

You can keep up with Half the Sky Movement on their website, through PBS or via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Google+. And please share this with your friends who'll want to know about all the excitement.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Indianapolis Police Officer Jeff Stagg selflessly maintained the roadside memorial of Shelby Smith, who had been killed by a drunk driver. He picked up trash and placed little plastic flowers, figurines and rocks around it to keep it presentable. Though Shelby died nearly 22 years ago, Officer Stagg didn't want her to be forgotten. And now, his act of kindness won't be forgotten either.

Passerby Kaleb Hall (@kalebhall00 on TikTok) noticed the officer cleaning up the site and asked him what he was doing here. Kaleb had already thought the behavior a little uncharacteristic, "a cop cleaning up trash in the hood," so he went over to inquire.

After explaining that Shelby's memorial was in his patrol area and that he guessed her family had moved away, Officer Stagg told Kaleb, "no one's keeping it up anymore, so I just wanna make sure it stays kept up."

Stagg had noticed the memorial had become surrounded by overgrown grass, weeds and trash. After driving past it every day, Officer Stagg thought enough was enough.


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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."