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What We’re Reading - "Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time"
Predicated on the idea that one girl with courage is a revolution, Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time, by Tanya Lee Stone, explores the stories of more than 30 girls from around the world who are overcoming barriers to their education.
As Hoda, an Egyptian girl featured in the book, says, “[w]hen I saw other children with books in their hands on their way to school, I felt a fire inside me.” In demonstrating the value of women’s empowerment, Stone reveals how investments in a girl’s education foster more prosperous lives for women and their wider communities.
When I saw other children with books in their hands on their way to school, I felt a fire inside me.
Holly Gordon, executive producer and co-founder of Girl Rising, stands as a staunch advocate for girls’ education. A mentor with the Women’s Initiative Fellowship in 2014 and a Presidential Leadership Scholar in 2015, Holly also spoke at the 2015 Global Women’s Network.
The Bush Center sat down with Holly on International Women’s Day two years ago to talk about her important work, which you can read here.
Shannon Bradford serves as Program Manager, Leadership Programs, for the George W. Bush Institute, focused on the Liberty and Leadership program and WE Lead.
Prior to joining the George W. Bush Institute in November 2015, Shannon provided communications, media, and marketing support to Amal Women’s Training Center in Marrakech, Morocco, an organization dedicated to job and life skills training for disadvantaged Moroccan women.
A native of Coppell, Texas, Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a two-time recipient of the Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship through which she spent nine months in North Africa. Shannon is a proud alumna of Ursuline Academy of Dallas.Full Bio
Strengthening Egypt’s Refugee Programs
WE Lead Scholar Noha Sebaiee shares how critical international support in Egypt is to helping asylum seekers build successful futures.
Women’s Economic Participation in Afghanistan
WE Lead Scholar Shahnaz Nasr shares how she is fostering economic empowerment for women in Afghanistan.
Dreamer to Achiever
In Egypt, it was not common for women to run or play sports in public. 2013 WE Lead Scholar Mariz Doss worked to change that perception.