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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157687396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576873960
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paola Gianturco is the author/photographer of Celebrating Women (powerHouse Books, 2004), and the coauthor/photographer of In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World (paperback edition, powerHouse Books, 2004) and ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala (powerHouse Books, 2006). Her work has been exhibited at the United States Senate, the United Nations, New York, and The Field Museum, Chicago. Gianturco 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 seventy-nine countries. She has co-taught Executive Institutes about Women and Leadership at Stanford University. Gianturco lives in Mill Valley, California.

Kavita N. Ramdas has served as president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women since 1996. She is a board member of the Women’s Funding Network, Mt. Holyoke Board of Trustees, and the Council of Advisors on Gender Equity to the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Her recent awards include the Women of Substance Award by African Women’s Development Fund, Juliette Gordon Low Award by the Girl Scouts of America, and Women of the Year for the Public Sector by the Financial Women’s Association.

Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice; 2007 marks their 20th anniversary. They advocate for and defend women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world. Paola Gianturco is donating 100% of her royalties to Global Fund for Women.

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Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women's lives in fifty-five countries. Paola has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and many other TV and radio programs. Her photographs regularly appear in national and international publications and newspapers. Paola lectures and exhibits her photographs throughout the US and Europe.

powerHouse Books has published her five acclaimed photo books, which bring together inspiring stories and her gorgeous photographs to motivate readers to engage with, learn from and support women around the world. All of Gianturco's books are philanthropic projects, for which she donates all of her royalties to carefully selected nonprofit organizations that relate to each book's content.

Paola's newest book Grandmother Power, A Global Phenomenon documents activist grandmother groups on five continents, all working to create a better future for grandchildren everywhere. Gianturco interviewed 120 grandmothers, who describe in their own words, the work they are doing to bring light to dark villages, recapture cultural traditions, teach reading, identify kidnapped children, help abused boys and girls...and much more. All author royalties go to The Stephen Lewis Foundation to benefit African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS.

Find out more about Paola: http://www.globalgrandmotherpower.com/paola_gianturco_biography.html

Check out where Paola is lecturing next: http://www.paolagianturco.com/events.html

Learn more about Paola's new book Grandmother Power, A Global Phenomenon: http://globalgrandmotherpower.com

Vote for Grandmother Power everyday between now and March 19 2013! It's a finalist in About.com's Readers' Choice Awards for Favorite grandparenting book. Vote at: http://tinyurl.com/voteforpaola

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Peden on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a gift to all of us who wonder how will we move beyond the darkness that seems so universally prevalent today. Paola has traveled to some of the darkest areas of our world, where women and girls are gravely endangered. She has found remarkable women, who have little, use their imaginations, creativity and will to alter the resigned lives of many. This is so much more than a 'coffee table' book with gorgeous photography. It is to be read and savored and see that there is real hope in these desperate degrading situations, to change the lives of many for the betterment of us all. It is a gift to give yourself, as well as your friends and family to start 2008 with hope and possibility for a more caring world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Van Houten on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to hear Paola Gianturco speak about her new book, Women Who Light The Dark. She is just an amazing woman and it's so incredible and wonderful what she has chosen to do at this time of her life--she's in her sixties and she's trekking up mountains in Nepal to see a special graduation celebrating young women trained to be mountain guides, sitting in cement block class rooms with young women who have been raped in Zimbabwe (you know the story--men thinking they can be cured of AIDS by raping virgins as young as six--some of these men are these girls' fathers and brothers!) listening to their terrible stories and sharing in their joy at becoming educated and capable of taking care of themselves. Everywhere Ms. Gianturco goes she documents not only the abuses heaped on women but women's indomitable spirit--to not only survive and find a means of supporting themselves but their determination to make sure their children have a future and that includes education! It is truly inspiring to see what these women create out of nothing but imagination, hope and sheer indomitable will! The photographs in the book are beautiful and evocative, capturing the spirit, the hope, the beauty and vitality of women in almost every part of the world. The accompanying narrative is also fascinating as you follow Paola Gianturco on her incredible ventures around the world. To add to the pleasure of purchasing Women Who Light the Dark, Ms. Gianturco is contributing ALL of the royalties to the "Global Fund for Women." In short, there are many, many reasons to purchase a copy of this beautiful, uplifting book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda H. Clever on November 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If they can do it, we can do it. If women in desperate straits can Light the Dark, so can we. That's Paola Gianturco's message to me in her most recent photo essay book on bright, brave, colorful women. Paola's own creativity and courage show in her exuberant, emotion-laden pictures and accurate, persuasive writing. All of her books are beacons of hope and achievement. Having or giving this book affirms our own values and indeed Lights the Dark, since all of Paola's royalties will go to the Global Fund for Women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Perry on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Hope is not a noun but a verb. It is something that one does. Do nothing, and you will have no hope. Do something and you might make a peep hope in the world through which hope could sneak back into the world." This quote from Joe Volk, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, speaks so directly to Paola and to "Women Who Light the Dark." Paola and all these women are doing something to bring hope back into the world. Thanks to Joe and Paola for bringing hope back into the season. Give this book to others and share the hope.
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