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Photographs and text by Paola Gianturco Foreword by Kavita N. Ramdas





Paola Gianturco


Across the world, local women are helping one another tackle the problems that darken their lives—domestic violence, sex trafficking, war, poverty, illiteracy, discrimination, inequality, malnutrition, disease.

These women may lack material resources, but they possess a wealth of an even more precious resource: imagination. And their imaginations light the dark.

Travel with photojournalist Paola Gianturco: climb Annapurna; eat lunch while soldiers carry sandbags to the roof; watch a traditional healer at work; attend a Muslim reception with ambassadors, rabbis, bishops, and cabinet ministers; witness a ceremony that welcomes indigenous babies to the world.

Listen as 129 women in fifteen countries on five continents describe their lives, dreams and work. They will inspire you with their courage, creativity, and effectiveness as they kindle hope and possibilities for their families, communities, countries, and our world.

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Paola Gianturco is the author/photographer of Celebrating Women (powerHouse Books, 2004) and the coauthor/photographer of In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World and ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala (powerHouse Books, 2004 and 2006).

Her work has been exhibited at the United States Senate, the United Nations, and the Field Museum, Chicago. Paola has served on the boards of International Nature & Cultural Adventures, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, and the Crafts Center, which works with women artisans in 79 countries. She has co-taught Executive Institutes about Women and Leadership at Stanford University.

Paola lives in Mill Valley, California. She is donating 100% of her author royalties to the Global Fund for Women


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Revised August 25, 2008