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Among some of the inspirational women readers will meet are Somaly Mam, a former child sex slave in Cambodia who now rescues girls from forced prostitution; Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected head of an African country; Lydia Cacho, the intrepid Mexican reporter who exposes violence against women and children despite repeated threats on her life; Sheila Watt-Cloutier, the Inuit leader and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee working toward the reverse of global warming; and Dr. Julian Atim, a Ugandan AIDS orphan-turned-doctor fighting for health rights in her country.
“The women featured here are all different and their context varies widely, yet you will find the same active principle animating them. This is the ultimate value of hope,” says Mariane Pearl. “These women teach us a lot about the power of human empathy and the value of beauty that emanates from them as they progress on this lonely yet magnificent path that will lead them to become a genuine source of hope for all people.”
“As anyone who’s seen or read A Mighty Heart knows, Mariane is a woman of incredible personal strength,” says Cindi Leive, Glamour editor-in-chief. “But as millions of Glamour readers have learned, she’s also a fiercely committed journalist. She set out to find women who are changing the world—and the stories she’s brought back, collected here for the first time, are the kind of personal profiles that alter your thinking forever.”
Mariane Pearl’s acclaimed "Global Diary" column for Glamour has been featured in The New York Times and on CNN, and has been recognized as a National Headliner Award winner. Glamour will donate 100 percent of its proceeds and royalties from all books sold on glamour.com to charities selected by the women profiled.