Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn (born November 16, 1959) is an American business executive, writer, lecturer, and Pulitzer Prize winner.

A senior banker focusing on growth companies in technology, new media and the emerging markets, WuDunn also works with double bottom line firms, alternative energy issues, and women entrepreneurs. She has also been a private wealth adviser with Goldman Sachs and was previously a journalist and business executive for The New York Times. She is now senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities ,[3] a boutique investment banking firm in New York serving small and medium companies.

At the Times, WuDunn ran coverage of global energy, global markets, foreign technology and foreign industry. She oversaw international business topics ranging from China's economic growth to technology in Japan, from oil and gas in Russia to alternative energy in Brazil. She was also anchor of The New York Times Page One, a nightly program of the next day's stories in the Times. She also worked in the Times's Strategic Planning Department and in the Circulation Department, where she ran the effort to build the next generation of readers for the newspaper. She was one of the few people at the Times who went back and forth between the news and business sides of the organization.

She was the first Asian-American reporter hired at the Times and was a foreign correspondent in The New York Times Beijing and Tokyo bureaus. She speaks Chinese and some Japanese. While in Asia, she also reported from other areas, including North Korea, Australia, Burma and the Philippines. WuDunn, recipient of honorary doctorates from University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College, was a senior lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in the fall of 2011. She is a commentator on China and global affairs on television and radio shows, including Bloomberg TV, NPR, The Colbert Report and Charlie Rose, and has lectured at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sheryl WuDunn
WuDunn, Sheryl
WuDunn in October 2012
BornNovember 16, 1959 (age 59)[1]
Alma materCornell University (B.A., 1981)[2]
Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
Princeton University (M.P.A.)
OccupationWriter, journalist, lecturer, business executive
Sheryl WuDunn
Traditional Chinese伍潔芳
Simplified Chinese伍洁芳


A third generation Chinese American, Sheryl WuDunn grew up in New York City on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in European History in 1981.[4] For three years, WuDunn worked for Bankers Trust Company as an international loan officer. After this, she earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and M.P.A. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

WuDunn married reporter Nicholas Kristof in 1988.[5] After working for The Wall Street Journal and other publications, WuDunn joined the staff of The New York Times as a correspondent in the Beijing bureau in 1989.

WuDunn worked for a time for Goldman Sachs as a vice president in its investment management division as a private wealth advisor, before leaving to write a book.[6]

WuDunn and her husband Kristof won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1990 for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.[7] They were the first married couple ever to win a Pulitzer for journalism; WuDunn was the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer. She also won a George Polk Award and an Overseas Press Club award, both for reporting in China.

In 2009, WuDunn and Kristof received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.[8] In 2011, WuDunn was listed by Newsweek as one of the 150 Women who Shake the World.[9]

In 2012, WuDunn was selected as one of 60 notable members of the League of Extraordinary Women by Fast Company magazine. In 2013, she was included as one of the leading "women who make America" in the PBS documentary "The Makers." She was also featured in a 2013 Harvard Business School film about prominent women who have graduated from the business school. In August 2015, Business Insider named her one of the 31 most prominent graduates of the Harvard Business School.

In 2015 she signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[10]


External video
Booknotes interview with WuDunn and Kristoff on China Wakes, October 16, 1994, C-SPAN
TimesTalks interview with WuDunn and Kristoff on Half the Sky, September 15, 2009, C-SPAN

WuDunn has co-authored four best-sellers with her husband. China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia are non-fiction Asian studies books which examine the cultural, social, and political situation of East Asia largely through interviews and personal experiences. Her third best-selling book, was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,[11] and WuDunn later was featured in the award-winning PBS documentary made of the book. Half the Sky was also made into a game on Facebook with more than 1.1 million players. Her fourth best-seller, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, [12] published in 2014, is about how altruism affects us and how we can make a difference. It was turned into a widely watched PBS documentary, featuring Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria, Alfre Woodard, Blake Lively, in early 2015.


WuDunn served for more than a decade on the Cornell University board of trustees, including as a member of the board's finance committee and investment committee. Initially appointed to the Cornell board by the university president, she was later reappointed by the New York governor and served under two governors. She also served for many years on the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and in 2013 was elected by alumni to the Princeton University board of trustees. She currently serves on the board of advisors for Fuel Freedom Foundation. WuDunn is also on the advisory boards of a number of start-up companies in a variety of fields, including healthcare and mobile security.


  • Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn (12 October 2011). China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-76423-2.
  • Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn (23 February 2001). Thunder from the East. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-375-41269-1.
  • Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn (8 September 2009). Half the Sky. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-27315-4.
  • Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn (23 September 2014). A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-385-34992-5.


  1. ^ Cf. Library of Congress catalog entry for author Sheryl WuDunn
  2. ^ Gold, Lauren, "WuDunn ’81 and Kristof honored for human rights work", Cornell University, August 24, 2009
  3. ^ "Team Profiles", Mid-Market Securities, website
  4. ^ Cornell News: Cornell Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) workplace colloqium webpage
  5. ^ "Sheryl WuDunn Wed to Reporter". The New York Times. October 9, 1988.
  6. ^ "Goldman Hires Pulitzer-Winning Journalist to Snare Millionaires". Bloomberg. 22 February 2008.
  7. ^ "International Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  8. ^ Dayton Literary Peace Prize - Press Release Announcing 2009 Finalists
  9. ^ "150 Women Who Shake the World", Newsweek, March 5, 2012
  10. ^ Tracy McVeigh. "Poverty is sexist: leading women sign up for global equality | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  11. ^ Half The Sky - website
  12. ^ A Path Appears - website

External links

1990 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1990.

Two awards for Public Service were given in 1990. 1990 was also the last year that awards were given for General News Reporting and Specialized Reporting - these categories were changed to Spot News Reporting and Beat Reporting the following year.

Angeline Murimirwa

Angeline Murimirwa (née Mugwendere) is a Zimbabwean feminist, who is the executive director for Camfed in Africa. Murimirwa was included in the 2017 BBC 100 Women list of the most influential women.

China Wakes

China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power is a 1994 book by husband-and-wife Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, based on their tour in China as reporters for The New York Times. They were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting.

Cure Violence

Cure Violence, founded by University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health Epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, M.D. and ranked one of the top twenty NGOs by the Global Journal in 2015, is a public health anti-violence program. It aims to stop the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is an annual United States literary award "recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace" that was first awarded in 2006. Awards are given for adult fiction and non-fiction books published at some point within the immediate past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other peoples, cultures, religions, and political views, with the winner in each category receiving a cash prize of $10,000. The award is an offshoot of the Dayton Peace Prize, which grew out of the 1995 peace accords ending the Bosnian War. In 2011, the former "Lifetime Achievement Award" was renamed the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award with a $10,000 honorarium.

In 2008, Martin Luther King, Jr. biographer Taylor Branch joined Studs Terkel and Elie Wiesel as a recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him by special guest Edwin C. Moses. The 2008 ceremony was held in Dayton, Ohio, on September 28, 2008. Nick Clooney, who hosted the ceremony in 2007, again served as the evening's host in 2008 and 2009.The 2009 ceremony was held in Dayton, Ohio, on November 8, 2009, at which married authors and journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Half the Sky

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a nonfiction book by husband and wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn published by Knopf in September 2009. The book argues that the oppression of women worldwide is "the paramount moral challenge" of the present era, much as the fight against slavery was in the past. The title comes from the pithy statement of Mao Zedong "妇女能顶半边天" meaning "women hold up half the sky".

Half the sky

Half the sky is part of a proclamation made by Mao Zedong, "women hold up half the sky." It may also refer to:

Half the Sky Foundation, a charitable organisation based in China.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a 2009 book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Half the Sky movement, inspired by the Kristof–WuDunn book.

Women Hold Up Half the Sky, 1986 album by Ruby Turner.

Half the Sky Feminist Theatre, Canadian community-based theatre group.


Jiefang, generally a spelling without tonemarks of Jiěfàng (Chinese: 解放; literally: 'liberation'), may refer to:

Jiefang Daily, newspaper of the Shanghai Committee of the Communist Party of China

FAW Jiefang, a truck manufacturing company

Jiefang CA-30, military truck

the Chinese Communist Revolution, common known in China as the “liberation”

List of commencement speakers at Rice University

In 2013, Rice University held its 100th commencement. Since 1986, commencements have been held in the Academic Quadrangle (weather permitting). Every commencement at Rice has included the hymns Veni Creator Spiritus and Lord of All Being, Throned Afar.

2018: Michael Bloomberg

2017: Mae Jemison

2016: Sheryl WuDunn

2015: Colin Powell

2014: Helene D. Gayle

2013: Neil deGrasse Tyson

2012: Salman Khan – (video)

2011: David Brooks – (video)

2010: Muhammad Yunus – (video)

2009: Zainab Salbi – (video)

2008: George Rupp – (video)

2007: John Doerr – (audio)

2006: Bill White – (audio)

2005: Michelle Hebl

2004: Alberto Gonzales

2003: Shannon Lucid

2002: Bill Cosby

2001: Morris Dees

2000: George H. W. Bush

1999: Helmut Schmidt – (text)

1998: Kurt Vonnegut

1997: Alan Dershowitz

1996: Anita K. Jones

1995: Bill Bradley

1994: Elizabeth Dole

1993: Jimmy Carter

1992: Richard von Weizsäcker

1991: James A. Baker IIIFrom 1971 to 1990, Rice did not invite speakers to address graduates at commencement. During that time, addresses were given by university presidents Norman Hackerman (1971–1985) and George Rupp (1986–1990).

From 1952 to 1985, commencements were held on the east side (lawn) of Lovett Hall.

1970: T. Harry Williams, Professor of History, L.S.U.

1969: Harry H. Ransom, Chancellor, Univ. of Texas

1968: William H. Masterson, President, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

1967: Robert A. Charpie, President, Electronics Division, Union Carbide

1966: Jack K. Williams, V.P. for Academic Affairs and Dean, Clemson Univ.

1965: Henry Allen Moe, President, American Philosophical Society

1964: Charles Hard Townes, Provost, M.I.T.

1963: John Connally, Governor, Texas

1962: Merrimon Cuninggim, Executive Director, Danforth Foundation

1961: Herbert E. Longenecker, President, Tulane Univ.

1960: Harvie Branscomb, Chancellor, Vanderbilt Univ.

1959: George R. Harrison, Dean of the School of Science, M.I.T.

1958: John W. Gardner, President, Carnegie Foundation

1957: Julius Adams Stratton, Chancellor, M.I.T.

1956: John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, Dean of Engineering, Harvard Univ.

1955: J. William Fulbright, Senator, Arkansas

1954: J. E. Wallace Sterling, President, Stanford Univ.

1953: Roger Philip McCutcheon, Dean of the Graduate School, Tulane Univ.

1952: Douglas Southall Freeman, Scholar from Richmond, VirginiaIn 1951, commencement was held in Autry Court.

1951: Lewis Webster Jones, President, Univ. of ArkansasFrom 1935 to 1950, commencements were held in courtyard of the Chemistry Laboratories (now Keck Hall).

1950: Robert Andrews Millikan, V.P. of the Board, California Institute of Technology

1949: Detlev W. Bronk, President, Johns Hopkins Univ.From 1916 to 1948, commencements were held on Monday, preceded by a Baccalaureate sermon on Sunday.

1948: Blake Ragsdale Van Leer, President, Georgia School of Technology

1947: Frederick Hard, President, Scripps CollegeFrom 1942 to 1946, addresses were delivered by William Vermillion Houston, President of Rice Institute. In 1944 and 1946, Rice held two commencement ceremonies each year as part of a “wartime speed-up educational program.”

1941: Isaiah Bowman, President, Johns Hopkins Univ.

1940: James Rowland Angell, President Emeritus, Yale Univ.

1939: George Edgar Vincent, Former President, Rockefeller Foundation

1938: George Norlin, President, Univ. of Colorado

1937: Frank Pierrepont Graves, President, State Univ. of New York

1936: Harold Willis Dodds, President, Princeton Univ.

1935: Ralph Budd, President, Burlington LinesFrom 1916 to 1934, commencements were held in the Academic Quadrangle.

1934: John Campbell Merriam, President, Carnegie Institution of Washington

1933: Edwin Grant Conklin, Professor of Biology, Princeton Univ.

1932: Roscoe Pound, Dean of the Law School, Harvard Univ.

1931: Captain James A. Baker, Chairman of the Board, Rice Institute

1930: Ralph Adams Cram, Supervising Architect, Rice Institute

1929: William Edward Dodd, Professor of American History, Univ. of Chicago

1928: John Huston Finley, Editor, New York Times

1927: Baron de Cartier de Marchienne, Belgian Ambassador to the U.S.

1926: Joseph Sweetman Ames, Professor of Physics, Johns Hopkins Univ.

1925: Stockton Axson, Professor of English, Rice Institute

1924: Charles William Dabney, Former President, Univ. of Cincinnati

1923: Edgar Fahs Smith, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Univ. of Pennsylvania

1922: Frank Thilly, Professor of Philosophy, Cornell Univ.

1921: Charles William Eliot, President Emeritus, Harvard Univ.

1920: J. C. Hutcheson, Judge of the Federal Court

1919: William M. Thornton, Dean of the Department of Engineering, Univ. of Virginia

1918: Nelson Phillips, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas

1917: William H. Carpenter, Provost, Columbia Univ.

1916: David Starr Jordan, Chancellor Emeritus, Stanford Univ.

Liu Gang

Liu Gang (born 30 January 1961) is a Chinese scientist and revolutionary who founded the Beijing Students' Autonomous Federation. He was a prominent student leader at the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Liu holds a M.A. in physics from Peking University and a M.A. in computer science from Columbia University. After his exile to the United States in 1996, Liu studied technology and physics at Bell Labs in New Jersey. Liu was employed at Morgan Stanley as a Wall Street IT analyst.

Masayoshi Takemura

Masayoshi Takemura (武村 正義, Takemura Masayoshi, born 26 August 1934) is a Japanese politician. Elected as a representative of the Liberal Democratic Party, in 1993 he broke away to form New Party Sakigake, before joining the newly formed Democratic Party of Japan in 1997. He served as chief cabinet secretary and then finance minister in the Japanese government of the mid-1990s.


Minbo (ミンボーの女, Minbō no Onna) is a 1992 Japanese film by filmmaker Juzo Itami. It is also known by the titles Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion, The Gangster's Moll and The Anti-Extortion Woman. The film was widely popular in Japan and a critical success internationally. It satirizes the yakuza, who retaliated for their portrayal in the film by assaulting the director.

Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Donabet Kristof (born April 27, 1959) is an American journalist and political commentator. A winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he is a regular CNN contributor and has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since November 2001. Kristof is a self-described progressive. According to The Washington Post, Kristof "rewrote opinion journalism" with his emphasis on human rights abuses and social injustices, such as human trafficking and the Darfur conflict. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa has described Kristof as an "honorary African" for shining a spotlight on neglected conflicts.

Student and Government Dialogue during the 1989 Student Movement

During the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in Beijing, China, students demanded a dialogue between Chinese government officials and student representatives. In total, three sessions of dialogue took place between the students and government representatives. The demand for dialogue began on April 22 during Hu Yaobang's official memorial. Three students knelt on the steps to the Great Hall holding a large paper containing seven demands and waited for a party official to accept their petition. No party official, however, came out to receive their list of demands. The main purpose of dialogue was to resolve growing problems such as corruption and rising living costs within China. In order to prepare for potential dialogue, the Dialogue Delegation was created. It was organized by Shen Tong of Peking University and Xiang Xiaoji of University of Political Science and Law and included elected representatives from various universities. Students requested that any student-government dialogue be broadcast live on television. The government, however, repeatedly failed to meet this request and proposed instead to have it recorded and aired at a different time. Three major student-government dialogues occurred throughout the student movement on April 29, May 14, and May 18. The April 29 and May 18 dialogues were broadcast on television at a later time after the original dialogues concluded. All of the dialogues, however, failed to produce a satisfactory result for both the students and the government.

Tererai Trent

Tererai Trent (born c. 1965) is a Zimbabwean-American woman whose unlikely educational success has brought her international fame.

Thomas Feyer

Thomas Feyer (born June 2, 1953, in Budapest, Hungary) is an American journalist, and has been letters editor of The New York Times since 1999. He has selected, edited and published letters from thousands of well-known and ordinary readers alike, including Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, politicians, writers, actor, business leaders, doctors, lawyers, teachers and, years before he became president, Donald J. Trump. On Oct. 18, 2018, he published The Times's first "comic strip to the editor" on the daily letters page, submitted by Stan Mack in response to a Times opinion video about fascism in America.

Feyer emigrated from Hungary to Austria with his parents in 1956, arrived in the United States in 1957 and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1962. He is a 1975 graduate of Princeton University and a 1976 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

As an editor on The Times's foreign desk from 1980 to 1999, he edited the dispatches of foreign correspondents including the Pulitzer Prize winners Thomas L. Friedman, John F. Burns, Bill Keller, Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, John Darnton, Serge Schmemann, David E. Sanger, Steven Erlanger, Barry Bearak, David K. Shipler and Henry Kamm.

Feyer's work as letters editor has been cited in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Politico, The Nation, Slate, NPR, Adweek and on many other websites and blogs. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, the Huffington Post and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Thunder from the East

Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia (ISBN 0-375-70301-2) is a 2000 book co-authored by husband and wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It is a nonfiction study of contemporary Asia.

Woineshet Zebene

Woineshet Zebene Negash, also known as Woineshet Zebene, is a rape victim whose case was responsible for a change in Ethiopian law. She was the first Ethiopian ever legally to challenge a bridal abduction.Traditionally in rural Ethiopia, if a man wants to marry a woman but does not have the money to pay a bride price for her, he kidnaps and rapes her, after which she is expected to marry him because she is considered "ruined" and will probably be unable to find anyone else willing to marry her.When Woineshet was 13 she was kidnapped and raped. The leader of the men who participated in this (Aberew Jemma Negussi) was briefly arrested, but then released on bail, at which point he kidnapped Woineshet again and held her for over a month until she managed to escape, but only after he had forced her to sign a marriage certificate. At this time, Ethiopian law stated that a man could not be charged with rape if he married the victim.On July 22, 2003, Aberew Jemma Negussie was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment without parole for kidnapping and rape, and his four accomplices were each sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment without parole, making Woineshet's case the first case in which accomplices were also charged and convicted for kidnapping. However, just four months later, on December 4, 2003, the High Court of the Arsi Zone sitting on appeal overturned the decision of the lower court and released the five men from prison.On May 9, 2005 the new Ethiopian Penal Code came into effect, which removed the marital exemption for kidnapping and rape, largely due to a campaign by Equality Now inspired by Woineshet's case.On March 10, 2016, Africa's human rights-focused Union court based in The Gambia ruled that "Ethiopia had violated the girl's rights to equality, dignity and a fair trial, among others," ordering the state to pay Woineshet $150,000 as compensation. is an independent nonprofit organization started by social games developer Zynga, Inc., in October 2009. The purpose of is to promote and facilitate the use of social games for philanthropic initiatives. It was incorporated as a separate legal entity in March 2012.

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