Women who light the dark

Women who light the dark


Rating: 9.5/10 (2 reviews)

Description: Across the world, local women are helping one another tackle problems that darken their lives. These women lack material resources, but they possess a wealth of a more precious resource: imagination. Photojournalist Paola Gianturco shows how Moroccan women create and produce plays that educate illiterate people about women's rights; girls in Zimbabwe compose and perform poems that move communities to fight child rape; and Brazilian math teachers inspire girls from the favelas to learn math by originating fashion shows. Sometimes imagination takes the form of innovative strategies: in Nicaragua, women become welders, carpenters and electricians--all supposedly men's jobs. In Kenya, mothers get wells dug at schools so their daughters can bring water home from class rather than walking seven hours to fetch it. In the US, activists introduce women with disabilities to ropes courses, camping, whitewater rafting, and swimming, empowering them to lead.--From publisher description.

Publication Date: 2007

Publisher: PowerHouse

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Women Who Light the Dark is a richly textured book - 9/10

Reviewed by Diana Serbe-Viola

Women Who Light the Dark is a richly textured book chronicling the voices of women who are triumphing over difficult lives.


Through these photographs we see the faces of women whose eyes shine with light. In the accompanying text, we hear them speak of of commitment, of determination in the face of obstacles. These are people who love life, and their words speak of confronting the obstacles in front of them so they may create change by their presence on the earth.

Allowing these women to speak for themselves, Gianturco elicits stories that reflect the power of the human imagination. In the face of the most hopeless situation, many of these stories tell us, imagination takes flight and a solution is born. Others illustrate the healing power of art. As ancient as time itself, the enactment of our human dramas through theater, music and dance shines a light on the dilemmas we face and has the power to affect change. One senses Gianturco's awe for the people who have used our most powerful human tools to face the direst of human experiences.


'Inspirational' is a heavily abused word, one that often is accompanied by drawings of cute little puppies and kittens frolicking in an Edenic world. There are no cartoon animals at play here, but we dare to use the word because this is a book that inspires to action. Women Who Light the Dark can only be called inspirational.

(Source: inmamaskitchen.com)

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