Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media

September 26, 2012 by Brooke Shelby Biggs in Uncategorized

Television is no longer a one-to-many medium, and we need you to be a part of the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide experience. To do it, select any of our activities going on this week and next to join the conversation about women and girls turning oppression into opportunity around the globe. Of course, we’ll be posting on Facebook and live-tweeting the broadcast, as will our partners at Women and Girls Lead, and authors Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, along with some of the celebrity advocates in the film including Olivia Wilde, America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union, and Meg Ryan. Be there with us!

Before, during, and after the special broadcast premiere of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide on October 1 & 2 at 9pm/8pm CT on Independent Lens, here are a few of the ways you can participate!

Social TV
Download the yap.TV app FREE for your phone or tablet, or add the yap.TV app to your Facebook profile. Sign in and click on Half the Sky (it should be at the top of your home screen on the mobile app, or you can search on it). Make it a favorite. Now you’re ready to go. The app makes it easy to join the conversation about Half the Sky in Twitter and Facebook all in one place, plus you will have access to exclusive, never-before-seen video content. Be sure to log in as you watch on October 1 & 2 at 9pm/8pm Central, and we’ll provide even more exclusive features related to the film as you watch.


Be a Part of Art
We’ve created a collaborative art project using Twitter and Facebook. Share a message about Half the Sky on our mosaic Facebook page, on the Half the Sky Movement website, or post a tweet using #halfthesky, and your profile pic will become a tile in an intricate and beautiful pixel portrait. Share it with your friends and watch as the image is revealed as others join in!



Check In
Download the GetGlue app for your smartphone or tablet, or visit GetGlue on the web. Sign in using a social media account, and then search for Independent Lens. Check in to get an exclusive, limited-time Half the Sky sticker before the broadcast, and then earn a new sticker (one for each half of the sky!) when you check in during the broadcasts on October 1 & 2 at 9pm/8pm Central.



Read, Discuss, and Win
Over at, we’re reading and discussing the book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (upon which, you may have guessed, the documentary is based). We’ll have a Q&A there with author Sheryl WuDunn on Monday, October 1 (stay tuned), and we’re also giving away copies of the book (signed by change agent Urmi Basu, who is featured in the film) and the DVD, so get in there! Here’s how:

Take a Photo, Share a Photo
Be counted among the thousands who support women and girls around the world. Here’s how:

• Take a photo of yourself with a sign that reads “Women Hold Up Half the Sky.”

• Submit the photo in any or all of the following places:  Half the Sky Tumblr, on Twitter (and use the hashtag #halfthesky in your tweet), or on our Facebook wall.

Brooke Shelby Biggs