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Many of us know that we’re here to contribute, to help make the world a better place, but sometimes we get stuck feeling small and insignificant.

As though what we think and what we do doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

We mistakenly believe our time to really make an impact will come someday, when we start making more money. Or someday, when we’re more experienced and better known. Or the most elusive of somedays, when we’ll have more time.

Today, I want to remind you how powerful you are right now.

When women are empowered, everyone wins. #halfthesky Click To Tweet

Because your time to change the world is here, in this moment. You don’t need anything more than the exact gifts and resources you already hold within you.

Both scientists and sages have told us what we already know to be true in our hearts: everything is connected. Therefore as we change, the world cannot help but change with us.

When you change your life, you really do change the world.

If you’re someone who wants to be a force for good starting right now, this special episode of MarieTV is for you.

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I cannot stress the importance of seeing and sharing Half The Sky enough. The equality and empowerment of women and girls is truly the moral, economic and humanitarian issue of our time.

If you’re in the US, watch the two part film Half The Sky, streaming for free on PBS, October 3-9th, 2012.

If you’re outside of the US, watch free clips from the film, plus more on the official Half The Sky website.

No matter where you are, you can also grab the book or order the DVD from Amazon.

Now, let’s turn this inspiration into action.

In the comments below, I want to hear from you.

If you’re inspired to share the film or invite friends to watch it with you, go send those emails now, come back and tell me you’ve DONE IT in the comments.

Same thing with social sharing. Go share this with your network, then come back and tell me you’ve done it.

If you’re planning to watch the film on PBS, or read the book, choose a specific date and time you’ll sit down and complete it. Write it in your calendar now.

Studies show that when we commit to a specific date and time to complete a task vs. just saying, “yeah, I’ll totally do that,” we’re much more likely to follow through.

Of course, if there’s something else you’re inspired to share in the comments, please do.

As always, thank you so much for your time, your attention and the incredible gift of your loving spirit.

P.S.  Do you know someone (a sister, brother, friend, aunt, daughter) who really wants to make an impact in the world, but isn’t sure how? Please forward this post to them now.

With appreciation,

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  1. This is so moving, I think women make the world a much happier place, my Mum who is amazing, has always said a community of women can change anything they want, together they get things done! Thank you Marie you compelled me to tell every person in the salon about Half the Sky after I watch you.
    I have for along time followed and contributed to Dr Catherine Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia she helps women after giving birth to be normal again. We take this for granted in our country. I love her work and what she does for the community to be independent and to train local women.

    • Susie,
      I too believe that a community of women can change anything. For a long time I was so sad, even as a child. I observed the world around me and wondered why bad things happened. And then I learned the power of community, connections that women have. WE have the power, we have wisdom, we are strength…but not all women share it.

      Imagine the possibilities….if we share.

      • Hi Sandy
        I’m imagining Sandy! It’s endless what we can do.

        I’m sorry to hear you were sad as a child, learning to overcome this must of been hard but you certainly look like you’ve come a long way because you look fantastic now.

        • Thanks Suzie!

          Its great to be so happy especially in a community like this 🙂

    • Excellent work Susie and thank you for spreading the word!

    • Marie, thank you. I watched the documentary last night, after seeing Olivia Wilde on The Daily Show last week talking about it. Watching the stories of the devastating effect of rape in Sierra Leone, the fact that not only is the innocence of a young girl taken away, the perpetrator is hardly punished and the girl is blamed and considered without honor and shunned in the community if she tries to get the perpetrator arrested and tried!

      Then the sex workers who are so young… and the fact that this is happening… to BABIES literally BABIES!! No wonder the world is in so much chaos women are being treated like slaves.

      So yes, I was emotional, I was feeling so angry and wanting to do something or send some money.

      Then I got your email this morning.

      Thank you. It put so much into perspective in a way that is so positive. Start with me. Share my voice. Make a difference.

      Mind cleared, with doable actions I can take to make change.

      So I wrote about it in my blog 🙂

      You effen rock.

    • Susie I totally agree. I truly believe, and have seen, how a community of women can make a change. Props to you mom for being awesome.

    • Sarah Fisher

      Hey Marie! Half the Sky sounds amazing. You might like to check out my friend Mascha’s video. She is raising money for an NGO in Ethiopia to help the country’s most vulnerable women and children. Please VOTE! Contest ends at midnight PST on Nov 30th!

  2. I am going to write a blog post and clear my editorial calendar for this Thursday to share the Half the Sky movement.

    Love what you said about fulfillment and going beyond yourself. My dream since I was a little girl was always to be a fashion designer. Once I finally worked to that goal, I found myself realizing that it wasn’t enough. I’ve never wanted to achieve for the sake of achieving (scratch that – I have always been a high achiever, but now am realizing that achieving with no fulfillment is well..not very fulfilling). Achievement should be a means of bettering the world. So now my goal – instead of making more clothes – is to help women elevate their wardrobes and bring consciousness and sustainability to the mainstream fashion world.

    My voice helps women who do have the privilege of living in the western world hold their power to create positive impact and create a better planet and world through the clothes they wear.

    I 100% agree with you about being a living example of what you want to see in the world. Too many people doubt their power to affect the world this way, but I’ve seen it with myself: the happier and more actualized I am with my dreams, the more positive impact in the world and a bigger voice I have.

    Thank you for the reminder!

    • Annching,

      That such a unique thing to be doing. I think it’s so important too because what you wear has an affect on you as a person.

      I agree with this so much, “the happier and more actualized I am with my dreams, the more positive impact in the world and a bigger voice I have.” It changes everything, you energy, your voice, you reach.

      <3 Nadia

    • Thank you SO much Annching!

  3. Thank you Marie for sharing this film and book. I look forward to learning more about it… the preview alone made me get emotional. My business was started on the idea of helping women find joy again after pregnancy & baby loss, I myself lost twins in 2009. After such tremendous losses it is so hard to imagine ever feeling joy again, but ultimately I learned it is found in learning to see your blessings and gifts. Remembering that there are women around the world whose children and bodies are stolen from them by others helps reminds me how blessed I am, and helping others is surely the straightest path to helping yourself, and vice-versa.
    I have shared this on FB and will be sharing it on my site, tomorrow- as I know many of my readers will be moved to action. Thank You again, Tova

    • Tova, it is a beautiful thing for you to share your story of loss as a means of joy for yourself and others. Our stories, the difficult ones, inspire us.

      and the stories in the book are horrific. The courage of those girls and I mean young girls who are kidnapped and raped. I can not even imagine.

    • Wow. I am literally in awe of your strength, grace, and ability to turn a tragedy for yourself into a triumph for other women. Thank you for sharing your story. I look forward to checking out your blog!

    • Beautiful Tova, and thank you!

  4. Hi Marie,

    I too read this book in 2009… and cried. It was then I decided to not pursue a career where I could make the most money for myself but instead a career where I can empower women and girls…..

    (Because of that book I declare myself a Humanitarian.)

    so that year I wrote my memoir, a year after self published it, after that started my website, the next year published a guidebook for women. And now I am pouring my heart and soul into my work and my volunteering.

    1. Start with you. YES. That is why this past week I decided to sign up for B-School 2013 so I can empower women and girls. I have nannied for so many kids and love them so much. I see the need to empower women and girls right here in my hometown of Chicago.

    2. Use my voice! I do in my writing and speaking 🙂

    3. Get engaged! I am raising funds for girls ages 8-12 to participate in after school programs to learn about confidence and using their voice while training for a 5k run. I’m asking people to donate just $1. You can right here.

    I’m also finishing up an eBook for Juniors and Seniors in high school which I will be offering for free on my website.

    And like you said Marie it starts with You. I’m committed to doing B-School because I have my entire life to give. My example to those who are reading is how I will create the funds by what I have around me. Even if it means getting a sales job during the holidays so I can save up and do it, I will. That is a promise! See you at B-School. I know it will empower me and give me the emotional and spiritual muscles to lift up those around me.

    Thanks Marie for reminding me of why and how I began this journey. I was starting to feel like I should stop and “get a real” job. I will never give up on empowering women and girls, therefore I will never give up on empowering ME.

    Love and peace and hugs

    • HI Sandy

      I love your self declaration of “It was then I decided to not pursue a career where I could make the most money for myself but instead a career where I can empower women and girls…..” I find the individuals that includes humility and honor for others as part of their business model to be more well balanced and rounded. I solute you and your business for making a difference regardless of how big or small your impact is.

    • Wow. Sandy, you are rocking and rolling. It’s so inspiring to see how you are taking a kernel of inspiration and turning it into a flood of action.

      This part of your story really resonates with me: “It was then I decided to not pursue a career where I could make the most money for myself but instead a career where I can empower women and girls…..”

      I attended and graduated from Duke University. I came there after a challenging childhood and was determined to make the most out of the experience. In my misguided mind, this meant majoring in something “practical” and pursuing a high powered career.

      Imagine my dismay when I fell head over heels in love with Women’s Studies. Not just the academic subject but the movement of fighting for a better life for women and girls. It was hard for me to break from the mold of something more traditional and major in WS but it was the best decision I ever made.

      I started my blog, Colored Girl Confidential, with the hopes of inspiring and empowering more early career women of color, such as myself. I will definitely be devoting an upcoming post to the Half the Sky movement!

      • Thanks LC, Congratulations on pursuing Women’s Studies, had I known this was available at my school I would have done the same. But alas, it is what it is and I am so thankful for women like you who dedicate your passion. I’m a latin lady, part of the minority, and I see it as an advantage because you and I (and many others) have the power to embrace who we are are inspire others to be strengthen by every part of who they are and never feeling any less. Peace and love, Sandy

    • Incredible work Sandy! Thank you for sharing your story with us here.

    • Ngoc Khong

      Your story has touched my heart. You are so courageous and full of love to “to not pursue a career where you could make the most money for myself but instead a career where you can empower women and girls….”. I really admire you.

      After reading your comment and others’ I have decided that I’ll read the book!

      • Ngoc,
        Thank you.

        And yes, it is a great book. It also made me feel so blessed to have lived my life the way I did, the good and bad. Some stories, true stories in the book are shocking. I have more choices than I ever knew I had compared to many girls and women in other parts of the world. 🙁

  5. Hey Marie,

    This really touched my heart. I’ve recently decided to build a business as a copywriter to support the type of lifestyle I want, which is one of service. I really want to spend most of my time giving back to people, to the community, and to the world. It’s gives me the greatest fulfillment to know what I am doing in other people’s lives.

    I also want to show other Muslim women around the world that they can do so much more.

    <3 Nadia

  6. Hey Marie community,

    From May this year I have had a strong conviction to give my time and resources (and network connection) to a local outreach called Door of Hope ( They assist and saves the lives of abandoned babies in the greater Johannesburg area, South Africa.

    Since taking this step we have raise financial and supply donations that will assist them to expand their work in our community. My aim was to assist them and to bless them but I can’t express how much I have grown and how my eyes have opened to giving, loving and caring for individuals that need it most.

    If I can encourage all in this community to take one simple step in making a difference in this world. Others will catch the flame of ubuntu* which will impact our world. We can change the world by our small actions and our big hearts.

    *A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    • Robyn, thank you so much for sharing ubuntu with us, and your story!

    • Thanks Robyn for sharing and for the work you do. Raising money, donations, and spreading the word is what we all need to keep doing. And I adore kids so I would want to go and help.

      • Hey Sandy

        You are more than welcome to get involved where you can. My husband is cycling 106km (66 miles) to raise called the Amashova in Durban, South Africa to raise money and awareness for Doors of Hope. We are looking for sponsors. For more information please go to

        We appreciate all the help we can get. Also spread the work about Half the Sky as this impacts the numbers of babies are abandoned on a daily basis.

    • I love this idea of ubuntu… thank you:)

  7. I was just thinking about this today because I have a friend named Katie Davis.

    Katie went on a mission trip to Uganda her senior year of highschool. It was only a 3 week trip.

    She was so moved that she literally MOVED back there. And adopted 10 girls. And helped to reform the school she was working as a teacher at. She was18. Her parents are still in the US. She also has a pet monkey.

    Each year in succession, she adopted 1 or 2 more a year. Her home was agape wide open. Sick people, hungry people, those with no shelter came to Katie’s home and became a part of her family.

    Using your faith, resources and opportunities to live into YOUR potential TOUCHES others. Katie not only touches the lives of her children and not just the lives of the people in ehr Ugandan village. She touched my life. The life of every facebook friend who sees my wall. And the life of anyone reading this comment.

    I commit to doing what Katie did. Using my heart, my opportunity, my freedom, and my ability to help change the world. Katie just thought she could help “one person at a time”. So can we. And we can start with ourselves.

    And think about it — as women, we should absolutely take control of our opportunities. What kind of example do you want to set for the oppressed women that we are fighting for?

    Thanks everyone. I can’t wait to watch Half the Sky with all of you. (P.S. Here’s a link to Katie Davis’s new book trailer if you’re interested:

    • Hi Udo! Wow, thank you for the link to Katie’s book trailer. I just watched it, totally hooked. Talk about inspiring. And I can’t believe she did all that at the age of 18. Unbelievable.

      • Thanks for sharing that link too – i watched an update from her and those kids look so healthy and happy. She’s Fearless. Nice to know at a young age what you are called to do.

    • Udo! Thank you for sharing Katie’s story with us!

    • Thank you Udo for sharing this. the video was amazing. Before watching it I was writing a comment to someone else when I began to write how Mother Theresa and I share the same bday (not year of course). I ended up deleting that part of the comment. But what I said is how I feel so comfortable picking up and serving others without needing a thing. Katie is right when she says she wouldn’t want to starve, so she doesn’t want others to either. Amazing.

    • Nathalie

      Udo, thanks so much for sharing Katie’s story! Incredible. What a girl! x

  8. Hello Marie and Everyone,

    Thank you so much for this heart touching message!

  9. Well, I feel suitably inspired right now! I’m in the process of starting my own business, and I’ve been thinking recently about how I could incorporate philanthropy into what I do. This has just made me revisit some of my ideas, and now I’m buzzing!

    Half the Sky looks amazing. I’m in the UK, so I won’t be able to watch the free streaming, but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for it over here (and I just watched some really great clips online). Thank you for sharing it, Marie!

    • Awesome Rebecca! Get the book if you can, it’s amazing 🙂

  10. Morning Marie!

    It’s been tweeted, facebooked and when it’s later than 6am over here in the EST, I’m going to reach out to my girlfriends.

    Funny that this was your episode because my mom just sent me the link to watch the documentary on PBS. If you AND my mom are telling me about it, it has to be an amazing thing. Can’t wait to see the whole documentary. Also going to get the book from the library.

    Thanks for raising awareness about the empowerment of women.

    xo Johanna

    • Awesome Johanna!! Thank you so much for spreading the word. Love to you and your mom 🙂

  11. Absolutely brilliant! After a couple of tough years going out on my own to start my own business and having a pity party over the last few days about it’s growing pains your email about this is perfect. Thanks for the reminder of perspective and potential.

  12. Dear Marie,
    Thank you for sharing this and reminding us just how privileged we are here in the US. The fact that I can be a multi-passionate entrepreneur and follow my dreams, say what I want without fear or gather with my soul sisters to dance with abandon without retribution is truly a gift.

    My takeaways and to-dos:

    1) I will watch Half The Sky on PBS and encourage my friends and family to watch as well. I’ll share this video and the trailer via Facebook and emails.

    2) My yoga studio, YogaSpace in Brookfield, CT runs two by-donation classes per week. I pledge to dedicate half of the proceeds from class donations to the Half The Sky cause by the end of 2012.

    3) I am fortunate to have an amazing support group of women in my life including a monthly womens circle that I partipate in. We often meditate, connect, play, cry, dance and express our truths in a sacred and safe space (which I’m aware is blessing that not all women in the world have). I know this circle is powerful and we will continue to clear energetic space and hold the promise of freedom, respect and prosperity for ALL women in the world!

    • GREAT work Gloria and thank you for supporting!

  13. WOW! This movie and book seem like a must see! It is empowering just to watch the change others are making. Erin Giles with her End Sex Trafficking Day is what inspired me to GET ENGAGED! I have now teamed with a not for profit called Library For All and I am helping them spread the word! Their aim is to empower poor people across the globe through education and access to knowledge!

    Thank you Marie this video was timely and encouraging!

  14. Lotte

    Yesterday I saw the movie taken with Liam Neeson and i know everything is connected.
    I have started by posting it on my facebook, and will think about how I can contribute more.

    Love and girlpower to all

  15. Thanks for the inspiration Marie, and for sharing Half the Sky. I bought the book and started reading it but it was so sad that I stopped. We really need to change the way women are treated in some parts of the world…

    I tweeted, shared on Facebook and on Google+ 🙂


  16. Jools

    Thanks for sharing this, Marie – truly amazing!

    Jools x

  17. Thanks for sharing this, Marie – truly amazing!

    Jools x

  18. Thank you SO much for sharing this Marie! I just added the book to my kindle and have a note on my calendar to watch the film tonight. I’m going to DVR it as well so I can share it with others. I’m also going to donate 25% of all my fitness sales for the month of October to Half the Sky Movement organizations.

  19. Marie, this is the book that sits beside my bed! It empowers me to read the stories of the children who left their situation and reminds me constantly that there is a world out there to be transformed.

    We have the power to change our circumstances and with social media we have the power to change the lives of billions! Freedom is available from within every human being, for most, there is no awareness that choice is available and education is the key.
    Thank you for sharing this segment, the power is within our hearts to make a difference and the internet has been one of the most powerful ways to do share this.

  20. Marj

    Thanks Marie-
    I am attending a conference of women this week in New Orleans and will be sure to tell all there, and plan on watching it Sunday night. I was just out with a friend from Iran, now a US citizen, talking of some of these oppression issues that exist culturally, even in this country- some I was not aware of.

    Knowledge is power, so I’ll get the word out – this movie looks like a great way to make a wave of difference. We each have a story, so this does hit a nerve, but also in just those clips, makes you realize how lucky we are to be where we are.

    • Awesome Marj…thank you for helping to spread the word 🙂

  21. I believe that the education and empowerment of women and girls is the “answer” to world peace. Full stop. That is how critical this work is. Thanks for sharing this amazing video Marie. I would also encourage everyone to check out … This wonderful group of women have been quietly raising funds to build schools in the most impoverished countries of the world.

    • Beautiful Cori and thanks for sharing 60 Million!

  22. This is, as usual, such an inspiring message Marie… perhaps more powerful than usual – Thank You…
    I have posted my blog already for today… it will spread the word

  23. Hi Marie,

    October 10th is an International Day of the Girl. There’s an organisation called 10×10-Educate Girls and facebook page They are very active in the field of helping girls all over the world and make it possible for others to get involved and help out in any way you can.

    Marie Teather a founder of had interviewed Holly Gordon who is executive director and producer of 10×10 a feature film and social action campaign aiming to educate girls in developing nations. She shares how you can help no matter where you are based and why education is so important for girls and women across the world. You can find it here

    I hope that will help someone in finding ways of getting involved. Please DO get involved, I know I am.

  24. Marie,
    Thank you for the powerful message this morning. I am inspired by all of the amazing comments and stories that have been shared here. This is such an important lesson. Your time to change the world is here, in this moment. You don’t need anything more than the exact gifts and resources you already hold within you. I believe one of the biggest challenges people have. They don’t know how to add value when they feel like they have nothing to offer. Even when you feel like you have nothing to give, you have your time. Volunteer. You have your voice. Advocate.

    Cheers to creating opportunities!

  25. Catherine Price

    Thank you Marie for sharing such an important topic in bringing a voice through social media. This has been shared with my FB friends, on Twitter and Pinterest as well.
    I am still in the prototype phase of my business while working full time and have been trying to decide on a cause to contribute to when I get my product out there. This is the one!
    Thank you for being a positive role model for so many women, my self included. You are a lovely lady inside and out!

    • Thank you for sharing across your networks Catherine!

  26. Hi! This is what I am going to do to spread the word. I am reviewing a book on my website Today’s Top Stationery Artist Part 2 by Tori Higa. Tori’s own stationery business supports International Sanctuary a foundation that helps the victims of human trafficking reclaim their with lives by using their skills in the handmade community. (You can even host a trunk show!)
    I am going to add the information about Half the Sky to the post. I already shared the video of Half the Sky to my facebook community.
    I think any community can support this and I was excited to see every greeting card of Tori’s with the web address on the back and want to support her efforts as well. It ties in perfectly.

  27. Thanks Marie for sharing this content is absolute quality. Your wish is my command. With love, Deanne

  28. Thank you Marie for sharing such an important message. There so much to do to empower women and girls around the world. And, as you said, if each one of us makes a little action today, it will be milions and millions of significant actions that will certainly change the world.
    I’m a social media person and this is the channel I’m going to use immediately to spread this important message.

  29. Marie- Thank you so much for sharing this! As I watched this weeks episode of Marie TV, tears ran down my face. Women’s empowerment is my life’s work and a cause that I hold dear to my heart. I plan on doing all that I can to help catapult Half The Sky into the awareness of as many people as possible. I will start with my amazing Goddess Community!

    Lisa Marie Rosati
    Creatrix of The Goddess Lifestyle Plan

    • Thank you so much Lisa for sharing and the work YOU do!

  30. Lisa pous

    I am fortunate to have so many inspiring people in my life that helped me change my life and we are changing the world. We share our voices, speak with offenders, speak at trainings for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault/ Trafficking victim survivor advocacy. This month I am speaking at UT Breaking the silence with hundreds of others. Life is good when we realize that we can and are making a difference <3

  31. Wow amazing film and movement. Way to get a pregnant woman crying first thing in the morning Marie! Very moved and can’t wait to watch the entire documentary.

  32. I seriously just sat here and cried while watching this entire video. It’s exactly what I needed. I will definitely be watching the video on PBS and learning more about how I can help.

    I often feel stuck in my own path even though I KNOW that as long as I continue to take the steps God will provide the pathway, but this video reminded me that I have a sort of obligation to take advantage of the opportunities this country has available since so many women (and people in general) in other countries do not. Thank you for the motivation and the inspiration.

    God Bless…

  33. Hi Marie / Anyone Else Who Has an Opinion About This,

    As usual, I enjoyed your episode and even though I’m a guy, firmly believe in this cause. (I happen to think that a lot of guys go into politics for the wrong reasons and that the world would be a better place if it were run by women).

    You’re a big believer in following your passion and thereby being rewarded by the universe. This week, I wrote a blog post about my reservations about this way of thinking:

    In particular, this philosophy resonates with me, but my big question, as brought up in a very timely way by this video, is the accessibility of this Universal Flow to the very same disadvantaged group of people you show in your video. In particular, I’m wondering if you believe that these people:

    – are suffering because they haven’t tapped into this Universal Flow and if they did, their suffering would be alleviated, or

    – are suffering because they don’t have access to the spiritual plane needed to tap into this Universal Flow (think Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs), or

    – are suffering because with some people, an external event beyond their control must occur before they have access to this Universal Flow (like the Clinton Global Initiative or Oprah opening a school in South Africa)

    Or am I misunderstanding something fundamental?

    I tried asking you this question personally, but your gatekeeper stopped me and I accept that because I understand you’re a busy person. That said, on behalf of everyone who has the same question I have, I hope to get some enlightenment here.

    Thanks again for everything.

    • Hi Mohan,

      Thank you so much for sharing. I’m not sure I fully understand your question, but I’ll share my thoughts.

      I believe that every human being deserves a life of dignity and freedom. In many parts of the world, women and girls are considered disposable.

      My focus today is not on why this is (the inequality and oppression of women is deep, complex topic, that’s why I recommend the book and the film). I am focused on how we can work together to ensure that every human being lives with a sense of dignity and peace.

      The best use of my resources is to help inspire that change through awareness and action.

      With love,


      • Beautiful answer Marie,

        I was going to share a story that has stuck with me ever since I saw it in a video while at a Holocaust museum earlier this year.

        Men were lined up at a concentration camp, knowing they were going to die. Knowing what already has happened, knowing lies of survival and freedom, etc. The first man heard the second man next to him praying and thanking God. So he asked “Why are you thanking God?! We are probably going to die here.” And the second man replied, “I am thanking God for not making me like them.”

        After that I realized no matter what is happening in my life, nobody can take away my thoughts. An incredible perspective I will never forget. Even in the worst scenario there are those who are able to connect to their soul, to God/Universe/Source in a profound way.


        • Hi Sandy,

          Thank you for taking the time to reply to this. From what you’re saying, anyone has the capability of connecting to God / the Universe / the Source. I just was looking for a clarification of that. Thanks again.

      • Hi Marie,

        First of all, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my question. I didn’t expect any replies and when I checked back and saw you replied, I was blown away. It’s really obvious from everything you do and attempt to do that you’re a good person.

        My question stems from the fact that you end almost all of your videos with the sentence “The world needs that very special gift that only you have.” So my question was, in essence, “What about people living in abject misery (like the ones you show in your video) who are unable to follow their passion or calling?” How is it fair that the universe has given me a crack at following my passion, but not those people?

        Rereading your tagline, though (“The world needs that very special gift that only you have.”), there’s nothing in that sentence that affirms that the fact that the world needs something from someone means that that someone is actually able to give it, so your response is fair enough. Again, I really appreciate your having taken the time to reply.

        (Reading between the lines from your other videos, I think you might be vegetarian or near-vegetarian too. If that’s the case, thank you for supporting the fight to end animal exploitation and cruelty, a cause which depends directly on our financial decisions and not controlling or changing the minds of an external group of people, in addition to all of the other amazing causes you’re supporting.)

        • Hi Mohan, I think one of the most inspiring parts of this film addresses your exact question! 😉 When you watch it, you’ll see incredible stories of individuals who have experienced the most devastating circumstances, and yet.. discovered their own worth and their power, and are now creating hope and change for others. Those moments of change inspired through the power of God/Source/Universe (whatever name works for you!), whether through someone’s divine connection to spirit or by the vehicle of another kind human being, that is what is so beautifully shown in this work. That’s why the film and the book is SO powerful and inspiring. It’s about stories of hope and possibility for all of us. I really think you’ll enjoy it! With love, Marie

          • Hi Marie – OK, you’re on. I promise you that I’ll watch this film somehow or another. (Don’t have a TV, but I’ll figure it out.)

            Looking forward to meeting you face-to-face later this month. Thanks again for everything.

  34. Sara

    I posted and I am inspired – the change is now. The first step is awareness, thank you for sharing.

  35. Very Inspiring Marie! I don;t understand all the negatiove comments on Youtube. I think it’s a GREAT cause and I totally support you!


  36. Kim

    Powerful + Actionable = Mind Changing

    • Love this Kim P + A = M C x

  37. I love this topic!

    i live in south mexico & 2 years ago i started a group of mothers that help other mothers by informing, talking, listening & meeting once a month. main topics are: help with breastfeeding, humanized birth, postpartum, etc.
    I would love to share this movie with my group once it is subtitled in Spanish!! the group has grown so fast & I know we are making a difference for many women on a daily basis! Last week we started talking in a conference of doctors & nurses about the importance of breastfeeding and helpgroups like ours. They now want to start with their own groups in their hospitals! man! this made me soooo happy! In the beginning I just wanted to help 1 mom + 1 baby and now we reach so much more mums, dads & babies!

    • Beautiful Justine and congratulations on the incredible work you’re doing. Definitely reach out to the folks @Half about the Spanish translation.

  38. Hi Marie,

    Nice video this week!

    Thanks for drawing our attention to the Half the Sky documentary – I haven’t heard anything about it here in Australia. I’m going to have to order the DVD.

    I might also make my four Little Sister mentees (I mentor underprivileged teenage girls) sit down and watch it with me. I don’t ask much of them, but I think it’s important for them to understand all the incredible opportunities they have here in Australia, even though they’re considered ‘disadvantaged’ by Western standards.

    I’ve posted about it on my personal Facebook page, but I have to be careful with humanitarian-related posts. It’s just not on many people’s radar screens, and they can sometimes interpret it as me trying to force it down their throat. 🙁 I’m thinking of organising a screening in Sydney, once I get the DVD, and making an event of it. Will keep y’all posted!

    • I LOVE your idea of watching the film with your Little Sister mentees Elly. 😉

  39. Thanks, Marie! That was very inspiring.


  40. Thank you, Marie. Here’s what I posted as today’s Facebook update, thanks to your message. Anyone can feel free to copy/tweak/paste if it helps you:

    Anyone else heard about Half the Sky? It’s a book, and now a documentary about empowering women worldwide. I sit here, learning, doing work I enjoy, seeing growth, planning the same for my daughters. I feel lucky. Elsewhere, gender oppress
    ion makes learning, self-fulfillment, even physical safety, impossible for too many for women and girls. Here is a documentary to raise awareness. I plan to watch tonight. Who else will be watching?

    • Thank you Joanne and great work with your post!

  41. Wow! through my tears I just shared on twitter and facebook. And I will be watching the PBS viewing on wed the 3rd! And, I will continue to help spread the word about this video.
    Yesterday I was asked to donate an illustration to a family raising funds to adopt a second child from Africa. I was going to say yes – but this just confirmed my feeling that even that small contribution can help that family – and that child – come together. (more tears)
    Thank you for having this on Marie TV.

    • Thanks for sharing the date you’re going to watch Erin. Feel free to come back and comment more after you’ve seen the film. It’s stunning.

  42. Thanks for sharing this, Marie. I will watch and I will share….

  43. I read Half the Sky last year and it inspired me to create a campaign to raise money for The Girl Effect, a movement that focuses on the lives of girls in developing countries in order to address the root causes of broader societal problems. (My friends and readers answered the call and we raised over $1,200 as a result!)

    Half the Sky presented SO many compelling studies that show girls who have more education have better outcomes — not only for themselves but also for their families, their communities and the world. It’s no exaggeration to say that everything within a community changes when a girl has access to education.

    Every bit of existing research suggests that making an investment in education for girls will have a very, very far reach.

    I also really appreciate that you talked about how we can feel our efforts are small and insignificant in light of the magnitude of the problems, Marie.

    It’s interesting, too, because I recently realized that I often feel envy for people who make a difference, but I’ve learned that I can “flip” the feeling of envy pretty easily and use it as inspiration to *do something.*

    This week, in fact, I’m blogging about how to ditch envy and do what you *really* want. In my case, that includes raising money for one of my favorite causes, Midwives for Haiti.

    In Haiti, 76% of all deliveries are attended by traditional birth assistants (TBA’s), people who usually have no formal training, one of the reasons Haiti has the highest infant and maternal mortality in the western hemisphere.

    The World Health Organization has estimated that if more women had access to providers who gave them all the things professional midwives specialize in- preventative prenatal care, handling complications of pregnancy and birth, and nutrition education –these statistics would drastically improve.

    Quite simply, Midwives for Haiti (MFH) trains midwives and provides education and support to traditional birth assistants to make birth safer and keep babies and mothers from dying.

    If you’d like to find out more, just click on my name and it will take you to my blog.

    Thanks again for all the great work you do, Marie AND friends!!

    • Stacey! what an amazing project! I truely believe that helping women deliver their babies in a safe & natural way can make a big difference for the rest of their lives because it is such a huge moment in a women’s life!

      congratulations with the project!

      • Hi Justine!

        Thanks so much for your sweet note!

        I’m so glad to know you feel the same about making birth safe for all women and children. A better future for *everyone* really does start there, doesn’t it?!

  44. Hello. I wanted to thank you for sharing this movie. I am currently enrolled in the new school in NYC and taking a class on social entrepreneurship and working on a “big idea” project right now. This video helped to solidify the demographic that my big idea needs to focus on. Woman and children. Another fact. Woman are the highest population demographic to be sent to prisons currently. We need to start empowering woman to make smart. Educated decisions about their lives and your right. They do effect all of us and our communities in large ways.

    Thank you

    Caitlyn Patch

    • Great work Caitlyn! Keep us posted and do watch the film. I know it will support you in your studies, as well as your soul 🙂

  45. Hi Marie

    Thanks so much for showing me this story. I support various charities already and only yesterday I was thinking about what I could do to help support women to create better lives for themselves and their families.

    I’m keen to get an insight into this problem so the book goes on my kindle today and I look forward to being able to watch the movie.

  46. Marie, you are always right there on the edge, keeping your/our community informed of what is important. Thank you so much. Just yesterday I was sitting in front of my 90 day plan of action – I had everything written out : what I wanted to create in areas of finance, relationships, career, and well -being. However, my community section had 2 goals on it and I wanted 3. As I looked to fill that empty line I heard about Half Sky and began to research. Yes, this is such an important cause. I have tweeted it and will post it on Facebook as well. Will find a TV to watch it on tonight! thank you for the reminder of just how privileged we are, getting to figure out how we can do what we “love to do”.

    • Great Carmel! Definitely watch the film – remember it’s in 2 parts so catch them both 🙂

  47. Marie,

    Thank you for raising the bar. And thank you for doing a special video about this project. It is close to my heart every since I read the book a few years ago. I have shared with all my FB people, twitter people, blog readers, and forwarded your email to 300 of my closest acquaintances.

    What struck me is when you said every “person” needs to see this. Sometimes I have such a strong female foundation in my life that I assume that only they would want to watch a trailer like this. That is a fallacy and one I didn’t realize I held until just this morning.

    So, my biggest mission–share this with men. They need to be part of the solution too.

    Thank you, Marie.

    • GREAT work D’Arcy and awesome share on the men. 🙂 thank you!

  48. This is such an important issue. Thenk you for discussing it today. I’m working on step number 1 but I will also share Half The Sky on FB and Twitter, then buy the book. Again, thank you for sharing.

  49. My action? I’m sharing this information on Facebook and Twitter, and will watch the movie on PBS…if I can get some peeps to come over and watch with me, I will also do that! That Margaret Mead quote has been one of my favorites for a long time, thank you for sharing it, and thank you for sharing your influence to make a difference. You rock, Marie.

  50. Thanks for the heads up on this! Interesting timing because I just read this super enlightening article about women around the world and how religion is often used to mistreat them. It’s not just negative, but sets some of the record straight.

    Thanks again!

  51. Hi Marie
    this episode really touches my heart. I totally agree that life is fulfilling when you can give to something bigger than yourself. And the topic of women’s freedom and education is a really powerful one for sure.
    Thanks for your great resources, recommendations and network.
    I run a meditation skills business in New York, and I am a writer, creating a blog about understanding the relationship to feminine. I work with a lot of women from all walks of life in my private practice, seeing clients and so on. I am really happy to have received your recommendation here, and was deeply touched by the video.

  52. I am about to share this right now on facebook.

  53. Awesome, and necessary, message. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been meaning to read this book since it came out. Shame on me for not doing it yet! But I’m going to watch the film on PBS, and I’ve just forwarded the following message to 5 of my best girlfriends:
    Hello awesome girlfriends!

    So, you know I usually don’t do this kind of thing, but I’m forwarding this email newsletter I get every week, because the message this week is an especially important one.

    There’s a great book, and now movie, which I’m sure some of you have heard of, called Half The Sky. It’s central message is that the equality and empowerment of women and girls is the moral, economic and humanitarian issue of our time.

    I just want to get the word out about the book and the film, so if you have a chance, you can catch the two part film Half The Sky, streaming for free on PBS, October 3-9th, 2012.

    Or you can check out the Half The Sky website.

    If you want to watch a short 7 minute video about the film and the people involved in helping get it out into the world (including George Clooney — hello!!) — check out the video below.

    Thanks for reading . . .
    Love and girlpower, : )
    Happy to help share this important message, and thanks Marie for making it easy for us to get the word out!

  54. Marie – I loved today’s video especially since I just launched last week! It has been a long journey with so many obstacles to overcome but you have been one source that continually keeps me inspired – thank you and thank you for sharing this video!
    xo Edie

  55. Ngoc Khong

    This is so touching. Glad to share the message with my friends on Facebook & Twitter! I’ve also shared it with my journalist friends, hope that they will spread it around.

  56. Wow! This is so very powerful, and exactly what I needed to hear today. I am about to start a health coaching business and launch my website next week. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have to get done before the launch and and little nervous as well.
    Today, I feel empowered to openly share what I have learned as a health coach and help people create successful habits for life. This video was a reminder of how important it is for everyone to live their purpose and give back that way. Thank you Marie, for this powerful life changing message.

  57. Michelle Reynolds

    Hi Marie, shared on Facebook. Planning to see the movie.

  58. It’s a very touching film and I am inspired. I am always into helping women and have been contributing money and my handmade pottery to the Women abused centers for years. I actually have planed to donate 20% of the pottery I sell in December to Winchester Women Abused Center.

    I will definitely share this film with my friends and families.


  59. Cynthia

    Powerful. And it’s all true. Subjugation of women happens all the time, everywhere, to some extent. I feel blessed to be able to help work against, rather than endure, the worst of it.

  60. GlendaM

    My colleague came into work this morning talking about this documentary that she watched last night. And then I read/watched your video. I am going to watch tonight and buy the book. Thank you for sharing this important information. I have sent out the message on Twitter and Facebook.


  62. Hi Marie! I seldom watch TV, but made sure I was home last night to see the first part of Half the Sky. I was glued … and moved … and so inspired to do good work in this world. This morning so many ideas of how I want to implement this work! Thank you for putting this pot together. I’m off to 1. Start with me 2. Use my voice and 3. Get engaged!

    🙂 Jane

  63. Thank you Marie for bringing more awareness to the world. As a graduate from a women’s college, our professors really drummed home the point that in order to have a fulfilled and successful life, we had to do our part and not wait for others to do it for us. So yes, we need to spread the word about this movie and the amazing projects others have mentioned in the comments section.

    But one component that is missing, is for those of us with sons, we need to educate them on respect toward women and raise them to be kind, caring men who stand beside women as equals. I’ll never forget being pregnant and finding out I was having a son. Two of my girlfriends said in complete seriousness “you have a big job ahead of you to raise a compassionate, respectful, strong man who is kind toward women”. It caught me by surprise, but just as my father gave me the skills to take care of myself and maneuver successfully through the world dominated by men, I now have the same gift of being able to pay it forward by raising a young man who will be a champion for women’s rights and equality.

    • This is beautiful Catherine, thank you so very much.

  64. I’ve just been introduced to the campaign “Put yourself in her shoes.” Seems like they should team up with the “Half the Sky” movement. Thank you for sharing, and for empowering all peoples.

  65. Marica B.

    Thanks Marie,

    I appreciate you enlightening these facts and it has inspired me to want to make a difference. I also feel more sense of appreciation for all that i have in front of me. I am very fortunate to live in freedom and acceptance. I only wish we could all live this way around the world. These women deserve to be treated equal and live out their true life purpose in safe surroundings. Thank you once again. I hope to help make a difference.

    Marica B., Bermuda

  66. I read this book and it touched me so deeply and got me so fired up… but knowing that this message is going to reach even more people with the new documentary fills me with so much love and possibility.

    I literally felt the earth recalibrate itself from all the change that’s about to take place around these issues.

    I’m personally going to share this with my friends and family, and get engaged.

  67. Iviana

    Wow! This couldn’t have come at a better time. I am so pumped to help share the word. I am so committed to helping women grow. After all, we are one of the biggest keys to the future. We raise our children and are an example to our men and our peers. We are responsible for so much. It is time for us to get moving!

  68. yoli

    Thank you Marie. As always; you have perfect timing.

    This is an incredible time in history, where in various pockets of the world, women have been raised to feel empowered enough to go beyond the traditional family unit. The numbers are great yet, as “Half The Sky” illustrates, there is still more work to be done on a collective level.

    I have a daughter, and I remind her every day, that she is precious and unique, and was born for a beautiful reason.
    I encourage her to think about how she can bring her special light into the world, and make it a better place. She’ll be 8 years old in a couple of weeks. It’s never too early to empower our little girls.

    Every little girl in this world is our little girl. You asked us to share, and share I will Marie.

    Thank you for your amazing work!


  69. Jill Rowe

    Beautiful Marie!

    I joined Half The Sky about a month ago! I learned about it through the website Really looking forward to watching the documentary and so glad this organization resonated with you as well!

    Thank you for sharing it!



  70. Denise Antoon

    Thank you for sharing this amazing work with the world. I just ordered the book and can’t wait to watch more with the film. We sometimes forget what is happening to others in the world and how we can help make a difference in their lives. Very moving video today!

  71. RT’d!!

    I’m so glad the first point was “Start with You”. I find it’s really true; I have become willing to serve others only by taking care of my own needs first. Still a ways to go in both departements but all is growth 🙂 Thank you!

  72. Jessica Scheer

    Hi Marie- Thank you so much for posting this video! I read Half the Sky 2 years ago and it continues to inspire me to contribute to girls on a local and global scale AND to be sooo grateful and thankful for the wonderful life I live. I actually called up my mom and grandma this morning to watch the video and have been sharing on FB. Education and awareness is so powerful. Much love – and THANK YOU for sharing this message with all of your followers 🙂 xox

  73. I just shared with all the followers and fans of Good For You Girls.
    Girls are our future and women must never forget just how much they need us as positive influences in their lives.
    Thanks for sharing Marie!

  74. Hi Marie! This is one of your BEST videos yet, because it is very professional, has a great cause and is very very informative and easy to follow with all the directions and great vidio work. I’d love to see more videos like this one, because you really portray yourself as an empowered Cosmo gal that really knows what she’s doing. Thanks again for all the inspiration! Love you!

  75. Marie, I have been following you for a year and a half. I have taken your classes 2 times, been inspired, educated, trained and empowered, but failed to consistently push through the forest that ultimately keeps the passion and fire alive. You have just given me the reason. For some of us there has to be more. There has to be a binding connection that speaks to you and pushes you to go for it…not for yourself, but for the world. You will be seeing more of me on this issue. Thanks for the epiphany and the fire.

    • Awesome Heidi – so glad to hear you connected to a deeper why 🙂

  76. Dear Marie,

    Thank you for posting a video on Marie TV that directly addresses social activism and change! I was a participant this past year in B-school and will be attending RHH Live in a few weeks (yay), all with the intention to empower forward-thinking women (like women in this community and beyond) to learn how to actively effect change in themselves and the world around them.

    I was introduced to you, your work, and community from a dear friend of mine and couldn’t imagine how as a doctoral trained clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and professor B-school and the Forleo community could strengthen my work, message, and vision for the world. Well, guess what? It has – infinitely!

    What I have gained from this community has been priceless in helping me be a better social worker and social activist! I have founded Woman Centered ( – set to launch in the next month) as a personal development and social action organization. As you said in this video, impactful social change starts with YOU. My work is to teach women to tap into our inherent gifts, our own potential, and power to effect change through small actionable steps that create waves of change.

    Thank you for all the gifts that you have given me and in turn multitudes of women.

  77. Thank you so much, Marie!

    I actually started crying watching the footage.

    My great-grandfather who served in the Soviet military was taken in for “questioning” one day (we still don’t know why) and he basically disappeared. As a result, my great-grandmother put my grandmother on a train from Russia to Sweden. She didn’t want my grandmother to suffer any negativity as a result of his persecution.

    But she ended up getting on the wrong train and was a refugee in Europe for a few years before the Red Cross sponsored her journey to Canada. She was only 16 when she left her family. I cannot even imagine the terror and uncertainty she faced.

    She is such an inspiration to me in my business for many reasons, including the fact that she actually started a Russian language program at a local college.

    Without the help of people around her this would have never happened and I am so grateful.

    I have decided that in her honour I am going to be volunteering my time at a local immigration center to help other women and young girls flourish.

    We need to help more women like my grandmother in this world 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

  78. Michelle

    Dear Marie,

    Thank you for starting my day with this important reminder of our freedom and ability to make a difference! I have enthusiastically scheduled to record the documentary on television and shared your link on Facebook.

    I have known from an early age that I am on this earth to make a difference in some way, shape or form…in the past year I’ve come to realize that it’s in my heart to empower women and girls to hold themselves to a higher standard, to promote self love and very importantly to share the message that we need to be lifting our ‘sisters’ up not tearing them down! Can you imagine what we are capable of when we come TOGETHER as women with love and compassion, strength and ingenuity, tenacity and swagger! We have so much to offer our families, businesses and communities, and sadly, so often are more compelled to gossip, berate and back-stab each other…all while our sisters in other parts of the world are dying for rights that we already have.

    Thank you for the inspiration Marie!

    Peace, light and love,

  79. Claudia

    Thank you so much for this video! :0)

  80. Marie,

    I’m so, so happy that you made a video to highlight Half the Sky. I am raising $20,000 this year for a non-profit called Off the Mat, Into the World, which benefits organizations in India that empower and educate girls and women. One of the specific organizations I am raising money for is Apne Aap, which was highlighted in Half the Sky (in part 2, which airs tonight on PBS!).

    I have written about my goal and Half the Sky on my blog and am so glad that more public figures like you are taking the time to let people know how important women’s education, empowerment, and freedom is to all of us!

    Thank you for spreading the word, giving voice to the voiceless, and empowering your readers to know that they CAN make a difference. Even the smallest act is worthwhile.

    If anyone is empowered to take action after watching this video or Half the Sky, please donate to my cause on Off the Mat, Into the World’s website by typing my name (Carolyn Levine) into the first box! Thank you again, Marie, for shedding light on this incredibly worthy cause.

  81. Thanks Marie for bringing this issue to light!

    I hadn’t come across this book yet. I will definitely get it, read it, watch the film and personally share this to friends, family everyone I know.

    Just a couple of nights ago while watching a show on business & entrepreneurship, they talked about programs to teach women who are in prison on how to become entrepreneurs.

    As we all know most people that come out of prison are ostracized. So, this program helps women to better themselves and have a way to support themselves and their families once they serve their time.

    I was totally inspired and my husband and I were discussing – how could we get more involved in issues like these.

    Though this program is slightly different to what you have shared today – at the root of it all – is about education, empowerment and freedom of women and girls.

    Now, we know how we can get more involved.

    It’s been tweeted and facebooked.

    Thank you!. Your videos are great every week – this one – outstanding girl!


    • Awesome work Yvette and thank you for contributing here!

  82. Angela Burns

    How I am doing something bigger than myself NOW:

    1. I’ve been watching the documentary Half the Sky on PBS. Part 2 tonight.

    2. I bought a cuff bracelet from The Umoja Uaso Woman’s Fund, Inc. I plan to wear it and use it as a point to start the conversation about the empowerment of women and girls, to talk about the Half the Sky movement, everyday. Also, wear it as a reminder that what I do for my self and business, matters to the world.

    3. Shared the link to watch Half the Sky online on my Facebook page and my Twitter.

    4. I told a co-worker about the documentary, another about the book, and I emailed the link directly to my boyfriend and mother.

    5. I realized that my want/need to launch my graphic design business with a pro-bono segment even before I’m profitable is not stupid or unrealistic. I will gain so much more from giving back, I see that potential in Half the Sky.

    Thanks Marie for validating my desire for there to be so much more behind my business model than just profit. And reminding me that I CAN do something now.

    A Whole Lotta of Love,

  83. stephanie

    I have been looking forward to the premiere of Half the Sky. Ten years ago, I adopted a brother and sister from Cambodia, then aged 6 and 4 years respectively. When we were leaving our hotel and headed back home, the desk staff said to me, “Thank you for adopting our children and taking them to a better place. They are very lucky”

    I replied with, “No, I’m the lucky one.”

    The man looked me in the eye and said, “If you were not taking these kids now, your son would be a drug dealer and your daughter a prostitute.”

    His words stuck with me, and I have since given regularly to Sustainable Schools International who does an outstanding job of empowering a community and valuing education. Check them out at

    My kids are happy and thriving and the light of my life. I have taken them back to Cambodia for a visit and we visited the SSI school. I look forward to being more hands on involved in international women’s issues once my own kids are out of school.

    Marie, thank you for highlighting this amazing cause. Peace!

  84. Larissa

    Reblogged on

    Thank you so much for this blog. I have several blog followers that won’t see your post… and they need to. Half The Sky really moved me last night, and I can’t wait for part 2 this evening.

    Time for change. Time for action.

  85. Thank you for sharing this timely message Marie:) It is because you mentioned the book in one of your videos over a year ago that I knew Half the Sky would be a worthy girls night out.

    I just saw a screening of Part 1 last night at a bar (of all places!) here in Baltimore, MD. I woke up this morning still processing it all. These past few months I’ve been hit with the reality of these atrocities against women. I have been working with sex trafficking survivors and their advocates teaching wholistic relaxation/toga/self-care on a weekly basis and it’s still surreal to me that this is happening where I live! I participated in the Stop Modern Slavery Walk in DC this past weekend and I’m planning a relaxation event for End Sex Trafficking Day October 26th… I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of involvement….there seems sooo much to be done.

    My greatest reward working with survivors is realizing how much we have in common. We may not share the same deeply traumatic experience, but we all have been hurt, experienced betrayal and been treated with less than then respect and dignity we deserve as human beings. Any woman who has experienced divorce, depression, abuse, or feeling unworthy can connect in some way with these survivors…and I have a feeling most women can relate to to these experiences at some point in their life. As women we are all survivors of something, and as women we are all connected.

    This movement is so big that I need to remind myself to just keep doing what is in front of me and trust that opportunities for me to help will present themselves…like me serendipitously meeting a counselor at the organization I now work with one night while stopping on the street to flirt with Titan, my adorable furry canine child:)

    I am sure there are others out there that wonder if they are even making a difference because it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed, like it’s an uphill battle. But like you said every little act we do combines with everyone else’s little acts and we start to see a difference. Thank you for the encouragement… and your weekly inspiration;)
    I wake up every Tuesday morning (and sometimes just after midnight Monday) to look for your new episode!
    Tons of gratitude,

  86. There are no words to express my gratitude for sharing this since I have no words, I just re-shared all over the place. Thank you, Marie!

  87. Read the book last week. It was incredibly educational…usually I get depressed with these types of books, but the authors were excellent and providing solutions that inspired me to help. I signed up to sponsor a woman from Women for Women International.

    I knew it was bad for women, but I didn’t know how bad until I read this book. Most people don’t know how bad it is, so I’m going to order a DVD and have a showing at home. Also, I accidentally ordered two copies of the book, so I’m giving one copy away to people who will like it, but wouldn’t necessarily buy it on their own.

    I want everyone I know to talk about this issue. I want us to discuss it regularly, and then take action. Small actions can have a big impact.

  88. I always love Marie’s videos…but this one got me moving…we have to take action and I did on my site here:

    Like Marie says even if one person does one thing

  89. I needed this today. I’m in a difficult transition period right now. I just put my one year old son in childcare so that I could figure out how to make money freelance writing. I feel so guilty and torn, leaving him in childcare, paying for it before I’m even making any money. Part of me wants to give up and continue to stay home with him.

    But I know in my heart that I can’t. Part of my job as a mother is to teach my children to follow their dreams by following mine. It’s scary and honestly I don’t know how we’re going to afford it. But I know I need to trust myself – and trust that I am resourceful and talented enough to get paid for my skills. I want to breathe in this blessing – to receive my own blessing so that I can bless others with my words and ideas.

    Thank you, Marie. <3

  90. Thank you Marie for introducing this book to me in B-School. I read it and loved it. I watched part 1 of the film last night and it was amazing! I have an under used women’s studies degree, and Half the Sky brought me back to why I wanted to study it in the first place.

    My action so far is that I’ve shared it on both my FB biz and personal pages. I have been feeling at a crossroads with my jewellery business because I have felt that I want to infuse more philanthropy into it, and I feel like a fire has been re-ignited. I’m not sure how it is going to come together just yet, but I can’t wait to fuse these two passions of mine to start making a difference. I’ve had a major lightbulb moment and it feels great!

    Thank you so much for sharing Marie!

  91. Dorota

    And I have a feeling, this is the site I’m going come back again and again 🙂 It’s great because every time I come again to watch Your episode I feel about all those people who came here for exactly the same reason and for those one moment it’s like being just a little brick but when U some them up, they make unbelievably STRONG WALL able to stand for ages no matter what the weather is 😉 Thank You all it opened my eyes to look for people with passions and finally I don’t feel awkward because od dreaming about “impossible” things at first glance. I’m going to get them ! LOTS OF LOVE :)))

  92. Liz B

    I’ve sent this email link to two of the most influential women in my life, with the hope that together we can make a difference and help the small Ashtanga yoga community that we are a part of in Lisbon, Portugal. We are a group of 6 women working and each bringing our own to share the practice and I shared this video with two of them.
    The power of women and togetherness

  93. I love your call to action, Marie, and your dedication to integrating your personal philanthropic efforts with your business. Such a powerful engine for change! As business owners, we are in a unique position to advocate, take action, and inspire change in the world.

    For nearly two years now, I’ve been deeply involved with a young and expanding nonprofit called ChildVoice International:

    This organization, with a big heart, serves girls who are former child soldiers, children orphaned by war, and girls left destitute by rebel activity during the 20-year rebellion staged by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Currently, ChildVoice has helped transform the lives of more than 100 young girls in northern Uganda through their 18-month program. In fact, 93% of the program’s graduates have returned to their communities and either found work or started a business in which they are now fully independent and supporting their families, and sending their children to school. Many are also mentoring other girls in their communities and some have taken positions of leadership.

    Currently, ChildVoice is building an expanded center in northern Uganda, and laying the foundation for expansion into two more countries plagued by decades of war — South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their work will continue to significantly empower and transform the lives of adolescent girls.

    I’ve tweeted this MarieTV feature, and I encourage all to take a stand and use the resources available to us, big or small, to speak out and make a difference.

    Julie Smith

  94. I am hosting an event at my studio for International Day of the Girl. October 11th. I recently did a job for Richard Robbins, the Academy Award nominee Director who is working on an AMAZING film called GIRL RISING. He offered to call in or have one of his staff members call in to talk to my group about his project. 10 x 10. I won’t post links here but you can google it and WOMAN!! Will you be inspired!! Thank you Marie for your inspiration in bringing awareness to this documentary and inspiring woman to make a difference-small or big.

  95. This was so moving and inspiring (I immediately shared it on FB). It is a reminder that with will and determination we can conquer any set backs. I have no excuse not to be great.

  96. Kelsey

    Thanks for spreading the word out, Marie. I feel your videos and their meaning always come at just the right time. I will certainly be spreading the word. Especially in the western world, we have so many resources at our fingertips to make even the smallest of differences. This was a beautiful way to remind us.
    Much love,
    Kelsey Jorssen

  97. Dear Marie,
    Thank you, my sister and I were just having this conversation, almost verbatim…and just posted a video discussing this exact topic.

    Thank you for all that you do – for being a strong and beautiful woman that only inspires – and for speaking your truth.
    Hopefully, through us all speaking our truths, we can inspire more women to speak theirs and give the opportunity to those who, at the moment, do not have a voice.

    Love and Sparkles always
    Your fellow motha humpas,

    Ali and Greta
    Twin Tree Healing

  98. Nancy

    You just showed us, very successfully and by example, how easy it is to become involved in our world.

  99. I’ve Liked it on Facebook and Tweeted and will include in my blog. Thanks for inciting action and inspiring accountability : )


  100. Rebecca

    Wow, this was really powerful. Thank you so much! I’ve shared the video on my new fb page

  101. So inspiring.
    I’m inspired everyday by my Mother, and her journey to change the world, and help women. Living in a city with an extraordinarily high violent crime rate, she started a non for profit program for young girls (sixth grade). She is a living example of possibility, and she inspires me daily as she lives for others. These young girls learn it all, from safety to manners. If you want to learn more about her organization visit the site.

  102. I recently watched the movie The Whistleblower which addresses an aspect of some of these issues – it’s a tough watch but very interesting and informative.

    Thanks Marie for bringing more social awareness.

  103. I have decided to donate 10% of the profits from my new business to an organization that helps woman strive. Thank you for sharing this topic with the world.

  104. I can’t wait to watch this film. I will get the word out about ‘Half the Sky’ in every way I can think of. Thank you for letting us know about this Marie.

    My passion is the ocean and it’s creatures and I work to clean the beach nearest me five days a week. My actions naturally lead me to educate people. People are curious and intrigued and will often start picking up trash on the spot! I photograph and blog (inconsistently) about my daily wanderings to plant a seed.

    Thank you for bringing invaluable information to us and planting seeds . . .

  105. fidza

    hell yeah.. i’m spreading this like wildfire..

    i’m a RHHB-schooler. hit a wall called RESISTANCE for awhile. But i’m here NOW.

    Marie, you are something. something kinda wonderful.

  106. tweeted!
    Thank you, Marie,

  107. Thank you thank you thank you.

  108. After I read Half the Sky, I wrote a book called the Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, to help women empower themselves all over the world.

    I used a quote from half the sky in the beginning of my book: “There are over 100 million missing women in the world.”

    If you want to raise more money for a cause you care about, whether it directly empowers women or not, then check out my book. It has sold all over the world and some people have told me that it has changed their life.

    You can read more about it here:



  109. Wonderful video for awareness, I am so happy to purchase the DVD. I am thinking to purchase and have a showing, or several, here in Costa Rica. I was inspired by this organization when they aired on Oprah many years ago and started giving to Women for Women International on the spot. My company donates 5% of all sales to KIVA, focusing on women here in Costa Rica, but also other countries, mainly with women who are starting or expanding home businesses. My clients LOVE getting the profiles of the women whose lives they are helping to change through purchasing from my company. Thank you Marie, I used your quote on my Facebook,”You inspire more people by being the living example of possibility” Marie Forleo and posted the website for Half the Sky. Thank you so much for this.

    • Dear Marie,
      I am a nurse and have been inspired to make a difference in the world by helping women and children in Afghanistan. I feel called to go to Kabul, not only because it’s the birthplace of my father and siblings, but because it is also the land of the people my mother dearly loved. The land of my ancestors. My own healing journey is calling me there.
      The health of women and children in Afghanistan is among the worst in the world. There is a severe shortage of trained female practitioners, to meet the overwhelming medical needs. The maternal and infant mortality rate in Afghanistan is one of the highest in the world. 1 in 7 women die in childbirth.
      During my time in Afghanistan I will be working to help mothers safely deliver their babies, care for their premature infants and assist the families of children with cleft palate and other disabilities who need life changing surgery. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of women and children! How? The surgeries for obstetric fistula provided free at CURE Hospital through partnerships with Women’s Hope International and the Fistula Foundation. In addition, cleft lip and palate repair surgeries are also offered free through a partnership between CURE Hospital and The Smile Train.
      For 20 years I have waited for this; I became a nurse to do this and serve those in Afghanistan desperately in need of medical care. I went back to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have no excuses now. I never thought I would be going back to Afghanistan. It is my deepest desire to provide medical care and offer hope to the women and children of Afghanistan.
      Someone asked me “aren’t you afraid?” If I really stop and think about it, yes, I am afraid. I am afraid of pain, violence, hardship, fatigue and dying. I ask myself can I do this? Can I really do this? And the answer is NO. I can’t do this, at least not alone. I need your help to make this dream a reality.
      I do have a choice. I could decide I’m just too comfortable with my princess-and-the-pea pillow top mattress, hot showers, and clean water to drink.
      But I will go. I will answer the call of my heart to go and heal the sick. My desire to answer this call has been brewing for 20 years – I just never expected it to be Afghanistan.
      There’s more to my story, much more. And I’ve included links for you to check it out. But for now, this is my next step. Maybe I couldn’t save my mother or my sister or even my father, but I can return to the land of the people my mother loved. The land of my ancestors. My healing journey is calling me there.
      I truly believe that as we heal others, we heal ourselves, that we’re all connected in this web of life, and love always wins. Always.
      Sometimes just showing up is all that’s required.

      If you are interested – More about me and CURE:
      Fundraising Page for CURE International:

      You can contact me personally:
      Sheila Sultan Zia, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP
      Email: [email protected]

      How to Help:
      My deadline for raising funds is October 17, 2012.
      fundraising page @
      ** Other recent information about Afghanistan can be found at these links:

      Thanks for your inspiration Marie!


  110. Hi Marie and everyone,

    I just want to say how much I have enjoyed reading the awesome comments that you have all posted and acknowledge your bravery and willingness to walk the road less travelled.

    I want to take a risk here and share something with you all that changed my life. When I was aged 10, I was sexually abused by a female neighbour and I didn’t tell a soul about it for 13 years. When I finally did take a step to share what had happened I opened a childhood wound so deep and wide that I thought my heart would never mend. I never understood why I despised women so much, but through having the courage to face my darkest fear, I was able to work through the pain until I finally reached the love that was always waiting for me on the other side.

    Through healing this core issue, I have really grown to embrace women – so much that I help them work through their blocks using exercise and nutrition, turning quiet desperation into determination. I often wonder what all this is for, but I just keep showing up, and encouraging others to do the same. I’m so glad that I faced my fear.

    I wrote an article recently about this called Transforming Hulk which I am going to share with you today.

    Love Nige

  111. Marie thank you for inspiring those of us who get discouraged into believing we can never do enough to change the world by ourselves. It so false. One good deed can inspire billions of good deeds around the world like clockwork forever and ever:)

    I recently took this advice and I am consciously doing what i personally can to make a difference 🙂

  112. I have facebooked this have finally felt very empowered about using my voice. I am completing my mailing list schedule and sending out this email to my list tonight. I am also going to blog about this on my blogs after I watch the film.

    I totally agree with the 3 step process:
    1. Starting with myself, I have always felt that community is so important to my health that I needed to focus my business on creating communities around me and empowering parents to create communities around them as well.
    2. I use my voice mostly online, through my writings. I love to share my opinions, but I have been hiding my voice in many ways as well. Not sharing as much as I could and should, trying my best to not say anything to offend or annoy people. I realize this is because I have not been sharing enough and with the right people. I need to broaden my scope of communication and share what I know in a wider range.
    3. Get engaged… I believe that once I am sharing my voice more consistently that will be the platform I need to become more engaged in the communities around me and the issues I believe in.

    I am starting with myself… restoring my ability to believe and be inspired and know my impact and see the impact that we all have, even with small steps, even when we are just focusing on ourselves and being the best we can be.

    This page is full of so many inspiring stories, I am so happy to have been able to read them and look at this important film. I have lots more sharing to do.

  113. SO Beautiful, Marie! I’m about to take a big step….. #lifeclass! Thank you for this inspiration & validation. I’d love to also help women in America who are being oppressed. That is my lifelong passion. LOVE!

  114. Kara Leskie

    Thank you Marie for spotlighting this very important topic. I’m very much looking forward the film, so moving and inspiring even with just a glimpse. I’ll be spreading the word!

    • HI Marie,
      I was so moved by seeing this! I feel so grateful to be born in this continent. As women there is no better place to be than Canada or USA. Not all countries as you know afford the same opportunites as we have. Thank you for sharing this with your audience. I wrote a blogpost with a link to your video. ( And please know that I do and will continue to support women in everyway possible.
      Thank you again

  115. Hi Marie
    Thanks for sharing, inspiring and moving me to action! Just mentioned this post in my weekly ezine…everyone needs to know about this (and about you too!!!). It also really validated some of the work I’m doing right now with story…so many of these hidden stories just need to be told.
    Thanks, Lisa

  116. Marie, thank you for bringing this to us.

    I did read the book a few years ago and was incredibly affected. I have blogged about the documentary release also, I hope we can reach as many people as possible with this important information. Thanks again!


  117. Thank you Marie for this blog. This is a subject that is so dear to my heart. I have shared this link on Facebook, will be ordering the book, and will look into how I can help. I sometimes forget that there is a world outside that is in need of the gifts I have been given. Blessings to everyone on your journey.

  118. Hi Marie,
    Tears were spilling into my tea this morning while watching your video. Can I tell you how much joy it gives me to see you, who is so stylish, so hip, so rich and so awesome- ALSO be so caring and so devoted to helping less fortunate women in the world? You are a true role model for me.

    I love the 3 steps you give. I believe more than ever that I must go forward with my own dreams and not let my minor problems stand in the way, it is a dis-service to those who lack the basic rights that I’m blessed with. For the past 10 years, I’ve sponsored a sister with Women for Women- even when I had to pay with loans while in grad school and even when I was on unemployment! I figured that for the cost of eating out once, I could help a women get training for a job, feed her children, or leave an abusive situation….

    I’ve always wanted to adopt, but recently I’ve financially adopted an orphan in Haiti. This child was eating one meal a day- rice and beans. Now, she will be able to eat regularly and go to school. It’s nothing to us, but everything to a child.

    I could go on, but the point is- THANK YOU, you are right, if we each help a bit we CAN make a difference and WE ARE.

    xo Desha

  119. Facebooked, tweeted and I’m watching tonight from Canada (I’m sure I can find the US pbs station) Looking at Nia Jam fundraiser possibilities. I can do something. I Dare to do something.

  120. Thanks Marie…you inspired me to find my voice and write about changing the world and supporting world wide issues…my article is slowly being spread amongst facebook and twitter, one step at a time….i love how you said that we have the freedome of speech and opinion, something that many in the world dont have…

  121. Marie, thanks so much for sharing this. Even though I didn’t read the email until today, and my local PBS is airing the conclusion today, is showing the entire film online! I’ve shared it on both my personal timeline and Facebook Page Occupy My Uterus. Every little ripple contributes to the wave!

  122. Marie,
    Thank you for the gift of service. We often forget that to receive, we must first give and you have put a beautiful and inspiring message together today. Thank you and I will share as I am all for the “bigger piece” of our own individual “why” in life.
    So, thank you, I will share.

  123. I haven’t watched the movie or read the book yet, but I know this is my purpose on earth – to empower women and girls, starting with myself. Thanks you so much for this video and your shining example of ways to do just that.

  124. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention Marie. I can’t wait to read the book and see the documentary. I’ve been living and travelling the world since 97 and it has become my big passion to make a difference. I have dedicated myself to fulilling your first and second way and its not time for me to do more of number three.
    This is something I have been thinking of a lot lately and how to make this work. I travel a lot because of my blog now and have some future round the world travel plans being worked out, this has got me thinking as to how I can incorporate something into this in regards to empowering women.
    I also have a personal blog whose focus has been the empowerment of women. I have just been a little stuck lately in what to do with it.
    I wrote a blog post about Half the SKy this morning
    Thanks so much again for all you do

  125. Thank you, thank you for posting this Marie. This documentary is so powerful as was the documentary that I watched that led me (while on food stamps) to take on End Sex Trafficking Day.

    Ladies, you have to know…
    You can be the change without making millions.
    Your voice can start a revolution. Use it!!


  126. thanks marie… loved this video + when you share resources like this.

    tweeted + posted to FB. going to watch it and donate.


  127. Marie,

    Thank you for this inspirational call to action! I absolutely love your 3 simple ways to change the world. I’ve shared with my peeps on every platform.

    Keep it comin’….

  128. I am an admirer of Nicholas and Sheryl ever since I read “Half the Sky. After reading the book I was motivated to do more globally and locally for woman and children. I work weekly tutoring underprivileged children. I receive so much more than I give. Now,the documentary is motivating me to do more. I watched the documentary both nights and posted a blog at
    I love your Tuesday emails. They are always motivating. Lets all work together to end the oppression to woman and children. We can make a difference.

  129. Oh my… Totally in tears. Thank you so much for sharing this! I (synchronistically) have been talking about Half the Sky a lot this week… And I had no idea about the movie! I know I will be in pieces watching it, as I feel I am meant to be a part of this story… But it is SO important beyond words. Thank you for using your powerful voice to get the word out! Off to social mediacize now. 🙂

  130. Marie, thank you so much for sharing this endeavor. I just watched the first two parts online and I cannot even voice how it makes me feel. I have shared it with my friends and family as well. Although I and people in general have heard of this incredible oppression for some time, this program heightens your awareness in a very motivating way.

  131. Truly Incredible!!!

    Im speechless but my heart is resonating in gratitude and in awe. Thank you so much for that “heart-to-heart” talk Marie. This important message was well received and acknowledged and I needed to be reminded that I can make a difference in the world. My Holistic Health Coaching business is right on target in accomplishing what I want to do to change society and mankind. My passion to help others improve their health, lives, their undesirable conditions/circumstances so that they feel loved, joy, and happines every single day. Through my own health struggles, I accomplished to live the highest quality of life despite the adversities, is my motivation and inspiration to help. I’ve known for a long time since childhood that I was destined to become a Healer/Teacher of some sort. I have recurrent dreams of being surrounded by African children….quite frequently…and I am interpreting that as a huge possibility, an opportunity to make a difference in a global scope…I am still waiting for clues to manifest to reveal what this dreams means to me. I hope it will summon my greatest potential and live my life with meaning and with purpose.

    I appreciate you!

  132. This video post is so wonderful.
    I have not heard of Half the Sky Movement before, but empowering and encouraging women around the world is certainly a close subject to my heart. I have had a closer look at Half the Sky’s website and watched their videos. I love what they stand for.

    Besides having shared your video link on one of my favourite Facebook pages ( – dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls – All you mamas out there should ‘like’ this page!) I came up with a little plan of my own.

    I am a doll designer and a woman fortunate enough to be able to live in a country where I have the opportunities and I am free to do what I like. I am also fortunate enough to have an amazing husband who is supportive of what I do.
    In my notebook I made an entry of an idea of creating a collection of dolls for charitable purposes in the future. Marie, you’ve just given me a more focused direction. I would love to be able to support one of Half the Sky Movement’s charities.

    Next year I will create a special collection of dolls, and 100% of the income from those sales (at will be donated to a chosen charity.

    Oooh, I’m so excited about this!!! 🙂


  133. chris

    Fantastic that you are spreading the word about this book (and now documentary). I read it several years ago and was profoundly moved. Since then, I have sent copies to friends and mentioned it to many others whenever I can. It is a very important work.

  134. Ok Marie, I totally adored you before, but this video and insight you shared just sent me into total goo-goo love for you and what you are doing to raise the consciousness of women! I traveled through Uganda and S. Sudan to Sam Childers orphanage (machinegun preacher) two years ago and to say it was “life-changing” is an understatement. I am getting Half the Sky TODAY and diving in! Young women are being oppressed right in our backyard too, not just in 3rd world countries. I am mentoring a 17 yr old recently orphaned teenage girland she would have been manipulated into stripping and eventually prostitution. Even in the US and Canada this is an epidemic! I love your first tip on starting with YOU! So profound and I base my mission on exactly that..women loving themselves. Keep up the fantastic work! You my darlin’ are making a HUGE difference in this world!

  135. I’m loving the movement and will do my best to be part of it. Thank you Marie for sharing your passion and love. I have used your quote from Margaret Mead over and over. Women are so powerful together, we are not afraid to express love and joy. Unfortunately men who are in pain and don’t have the understanding want to suppress this. We must try to have compassion for their fear, but be fearless in our mission to stop the ignorance and intolerable behaviour of those who want power and control over other human beings- We are all in this together to create change. Thank you agin for introducing me to this book and documentary..xo M

  136. Thank you Marie!
    I was feeling so blah today for no reason really, and this video was my wake up call.
    I will post on FB since I have over 4000 fans!
    The work you do is just extraordinary and the message you help carry
    to every woman is powerful and filled with magic.
    Thank you , thank you. I am grateful!

  137. Thanks Marie,
    I’ve looked at your emails and videos off and on but this one made me want to write and share. I’ve shared it on my, my FB and Twitter.
    Thank you

  138. Best episode of MarieTV ever!

  139. Danielle LeComte

    Watched this with my 11 year old daughter last night and she was very moved. As a parent, I think that it’s important that our children understand what is happening in the world around them. Work to shed light on how women and children are treated in other areas of the world is so important.

  140. Jennifer

    Thank you for sharing this with us, I just shared it with everyone I know, and will be sharing it again because I think it’s an important message.
    We are soooooo privileged here and I sometimes take it for granted that everyone has the same opportunities. So often we think “oh yeah but what can I do, I’m just one person” but think about if a butterfly’s flap of wings can affect something on the other side of the planet, well I sure as hell can make a difference.
    Thanks for the opportunity to feel empowered Marie

  141. Thank you for posting this Marie. I am catching up on my MarieTV and was thrilled to see this!! I work with Freeset, a fair trade business that helps employ women IN freedom from Sonahacchi, Calcutta’s largest red light district. It looks a LOT like Kaligat, the red light area they showed on #halfthesky. I am honored to be a voice for the voiceless AND the free! 🙂 Freeset employs women in freedom, making products, so they are no longer THE product. Every woman gets fair wage, retirement benefits, daycare for their children, reading and writing classes, and medical benefits/insurance. Thank you again for posting about this SUPER important book!! for freedom….

  142. Alyssa


    I had the fortune to finally watch the video after waiting for a full year! Last year at my college, one of my best friend and I planned a conference around women’s empowerment and we had a speaker who was featured in Half the Sky. She told us “when you take care of women, women take care of the world.” Very happy to see you endorse the book and film because empowering women truly changes the world in a multiplier effect that little else does. And thanks for the comment on starting with yourself. A future world changer, as I like to think of myself as, I have to realize that I’m still doing great things by investing in myself. Women often forget that they have to see their own value and seeing it magnifies their potential. It’s ok to start with yourself.

    Best Wishes!

  143. All women should be afforded the opportunities that we have had in America. I am happy to be able to share and hope people all over the globe watch this film!

  144. Mo

    Totally off topic to this post, but I just saw your video on this morning, and you totally rocked it, Marie!

    If anyone else missed it, you can see Marie detailing how to attract your ideal clients here:

    Keep up the awesome work, Marie! 🙂

  145. Marissa

    I absolutely loved this video but I would love to know how I can get involved and help the cause?

  146. Incredibly moving Marie, thanks for this. I’ve actually been looking for a new charity to donate to involving women and abuse, and I’m glad this came my way. I’m sharing this with as many people as I can through individual emails, Facebook, twitter, newgroups etc.

  147. Thank you so much for sharing this Marie and for bringing it into my sphere of consciousness…this is an issue that touches all women no matter where we are from, what our background is or our culture, and it is our responsibility to take the action needed to make a change.

    Ignorance and apathy are the allies of the monsters who are perpetuating these conditions for these women…it is only through education and action that we can really make a difference and change their world.

    You’ve inspired me this week to share, and also to acknowledge you as the person who brought this into my awareness…so I’ve shared about your involvement in this story here:

    Thank you again, you, the women of half the sky and those suffering similar injustices across the world have my support.

    Stay Fabulous,

    Claire x

  148. Was fortunate to be able to attend the Social Good Summit in NYC and meet with Nick Kristoff, but more importantly was able to make face to face connections as we digitally connected with one another. I believe that I have a responsibility to do my part in my local community as well as do my best as a global citizen, after all I hold up half the sky. Here’s my take on the documentary

  149. Silvia Guerra

    It’s such a beautiful task.
    It’s great that we start taking action! I live in Mexico, specifically in Aguascalientes. A few years ago 9 other female friends and I joined forces, dreams and our group desire to make our community better and founded a Children’s Diner and Family Help Center in one of the most poor, violent and risky zones in Aguascalientes; it’s been such an amazing adventure!

    We started out with OUT the Government’s support (in fact they were opposed) and the general belief: How are 10 “Pot’s and Pan’s Mummys” going to make an impact in the community? Noone believed in us, sometimes we doubted ourselves too!

    I am proud to say that now, 3 years later, the community is starting to feel the change, the children’s lives are changing for the best; the community moms are learning their value as women, are taking several classes to learn different chores and activities so they can support their family; we’ve managed to get Universities, Doctors, Lawyers, Psychologists, Companies and friends to help us out. It’s been really hard to swim against the flow but we’re getting there!

    And yes we’ve climbed some stairs in this long staircase because:
    – We’ve put our hearts into it (commitment)
    – Empathy, it could have been any of us instead of them in that situation
    – Getting rid of the fright to ask for anything
    – Belief in ourselves, our goal and our voice
    – Not expecting that with our sole “good deed” we will get immediate retribution.

    This is a long road but fortunately the seed has been planted and like bamboo, it’s taking it’s time to strengthen its roots and apparently it’s not growing; it’s just a matter of time, love, hard work and patience so we can see this seed abruptly flourish and stay strong.
    We owe it to our world, to our community and to ourselves.
    Let’s be the best we can be…

    Congratulations Marie for your strength and thanks!
    Silvia Guerra

    • Wow Silvia!! Incredible.. thank you for sharing your story here. I am absolutely inspired!!

      Shine on SiSTAR!

  150. Mina

    Thank you so much for sharing Marie. I will watch the movie and seek a women’s organization. It begins with us. 🙂

  151. Marie, thanks for inspiring me into action. I’m featuring/reblogging this on my blog to be published tomorrow (10/8/12). As you said, it only takes one small action. Although I plan to do much more.

  152. Amy

    Wow – watching Part 1 was a completely, amazingly humbling experience. I look forward to watching Part 2 {as soon as I’m somewhere my internet connection won’t keep stalling out}.
    One of the pillars of Brilliant Imports, the home décor + accessory on-line boutique I launched this past summer, is to support artisans in their craft. Although I’m sure many of these girls are going to be on their on path to become what they dream of, I would love to be a conduit for craftswomen in these countries that have experienced oppression – to bring them in a larger market so they can successfully support themselves creating the beautiful pieces that are their art.
    As always, thank you, Marie! xx

  153. Christina

    Hi Marie,
    I can’t thank you enough for showing me this, I completely agree with what you say about this being the issue of our time. I work as a teaching assistant in the UK and I am currently teaching girls who have been kicked out of school and do not value their education. We are trying to work with them to help them get some precious qualifications to help them later in life, but it is a real struggle. I have pre-ordered this DVD and hope to show it to them and to try and engage them with this issue and hopefully to realise how lucky they are to have the opportunities they have and people around them that will not give up on them. Thank you, you have made my Monday 🙂

  154. Marie,

    Thank you so much for shining the spotlight on girls’ empowerment.

    I started my organization, Women LEAD, at the age of 20 in 2010 because I believe the lack of women leaders around the world is unacceptable. Only 20% of the world’s political leaders are women, and I want to change that.

    Since 2010 we’ve been working in Nepal to empower more than 200 young women leaders.

    The young women I work with in Nepal are passionate, visionary changemakers. I believe every young woman should be given the opportunity to become a leader if she wants to be one.

    If any of your readers would like to find out more about Women LEAD, please check out our website ( or contact me. I would love to turn all the passion in this thread into action!

  155. Dear Marie,

    I just want to thank you for sharing “Half the Sky” with your network! I had the privilege to lead a volunteer trip to Umoja village in Samburu, Kenya which is featured at the end of the film. Those women changed my life by inspiring me to take advantage of the insane amount of opportunities available to us here in the States. They are truly beautiful, strong, silly and genuine and are always in my heart. Thank you!


  156. This book is amazing and great post Marie. A central part of my business is returning part of the profits to educate young girls in India. I support this organisations
    I am one of the first generations of Irish people who received free education which allowed up to take our place among the professionals of the world where traditionally the Irish were the labourers and workers when we emigrated – we still do:-).
    I also believe education can inspire curiosity and this in turn can bring tolerance of difference. It has been shown again and again that empowering women changes the economies of the family, then the village and on it goes.
    Once more great work bringing this to more people’s attention

    x Eilish

  157. Wow. Thank you so much for this post.

    I finished watching all of Half the Sky last night. Beyond powerful.

    This post and the film put a lot of things in perspective for me, and reminding me of the incredible levels of opportunity, freedom, and responsibility I have as a woman in the States.

    I watched the film and encouraged others to watch it too. I am also inspired to do more. Earlier this year I closed up a small business I’d been working on for awhile. I work professionally as an artist and had been selling my own work on the side before I decided that was not the business I wanted to be in. This left me with a some extra, homeless art prints. I’ve been trying to think of a way to gracefully close up shop and now I’ve got it: I’m going to go back and sell my prints, match whatever amount I sell personally, and lend all of it to female entrepreneurs through Kiva. And when and if that loan comes back, lend it again. And again.

    This is personally important to me because the past 18 months have been financially challenging for us. The film really drove home that regardless of my tough times, I have a lot to give. Finding a way to contribute feels great, and I’ll be doing it this month.

    Thanks, Marie.

  158. OK, I’m committed to hosting a viewing party of “Half The Sky” at my house for 10 women. Thanks for the inspiration!

  159. Ashley

    Your videos are always so inspiring. I am so happy I discovered your blog! Keep up the good work; your voice is a blessing.

  160. Thank you so much Marie! Your videos are beyond awesome! I will definitely support this movement and spread the word. Blessings, Jess 😉

  161. Very touching and empowering movie. Is shared with all my friends.

  162. Greetings Marie and everyone here in the community…
    Listening to this vlog and reading the posts here has absolutely inspired me x a Godzillion this morning! It is incredible what empowering ourselves and making the choice to show up in life to make a difference does for the human spirit.. and the beauty is this energy spreads both in the physical realm as well as the energetic vibrational realm.

    There is so much I want to do in this life.. and at times i’ve become discouraged because of the projects I haven’t launched yet that I know will have a significant impact on the lives of others.

    And then I remember the acknowledgement I receive for the stand that i’m taking in life and how I inspire others who I am, what I am doing, who I am being. Also, the Femme Entrepreneur circle that I started here in Buffalo, NY to uplift and support women to claim their worth and step into their power while co~creating the lives of their dreams.

    It is inspiring to hear about all of the activation going on just by reading through some of these posts. Thank you all for stepping into your potentials and empowering selves while co~creating opportunities for an uplift to the collective vibration and experience.

    Giving MUCH Thanks!!

    Highly Bless!


  163. Women are amazing.
    I will share this on all my social media.
    The other day I was in Beijing China. Can you believe they do not allow social media there?
    This made me all the more grateful for the country I live in. Canada. Freedom with everything.
    Thank you for sharing the information Marie.

  164. Well, it took me awhile to get to this video but once again you have given me chills. I was already familiar with and had watched some clips Half the Sky, and have been supporting Heifer International for years, but now I will take it up a notch – because well, it just needs to be done. Thanks for the call to action!

  165. Sarah Fisher

    Hey Marie! Half the Sky sounds amazing. You might like to check out my friend Mascha’s video. She is raising money for an NGO in Ethiopia to help the country’s most vulnerable women and children. Please VOTE! Contest ends at midnight PST on Nov 30th!

  166. John

    equality is a required step in the right direction and is for all not just men not just women, we are a planet of 7 Billion people that are exploited into paying to live by a small number. Ending the eploitation of the right to survive is long overdue.
    Amos 5:24

  167. Stressful jobs and family relations, bad ecology of huge industrial cities, unabated noise of busy streets, fast food and take-always that are eaten instead of healthy homemade dishes, dirty water, excessive drug intake, lack of sleep and physical activities – that is the short list of harmful factors compromising our central nervous system and resulting in stress and depression.

  168. Elsa Alexandra

    Hi Marie,
    Thank you for posting this. I came across the Half the Sky initiative a few years ago, after watching a documentary at Goldman’s about the 10,000 Women project. It’s amazing how much difference educating women in developing economies truly makes to their own and their communities’ lives.
    Here is a YouTube stream about the project:

  169. meagan

    this was exactly what i needed today. i was overwhelmed by my anxiety and i found this video and the message immediately transported me back to where i needed to be. in the real world at the present moment, away from my own head and ego. thank you so much marie

  170. Thank you for everything you do, Marie! You are on my short list of people who I admire to the bone. I am in the process of rebranding my small business, and in doing so, I uncovered a goal that is close to my heart. I want to help women all over the world embrace their inner goddess, to be emboldened by the archetypes that run through all human veins, and to support themselves and their families with the strength and grace of their own divinity. I would like to develop systems to donate a portion of my profits to programs that lift women, encourage women to become more aligned with the purpose of their higher self. If you were me, how would you begin? My website is under construction, as is my business model, thanks to the help of Laying the Foundation (Flourish and Thrive Academy).

  171. This is something I have been thinking of a lot lately and how to make this work. I travel a lot because of my blog now and have some future round the world travel plans being worked out, this has got me thinking as to how I can incorporate something into this in regards to empowering women. I respect you and your business for making an impact.

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