Giveaway: Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices (Masuma Ahuja), Plus Guest Post! ~ (US Only)
Girlhood: Teens Around The World In Their Own Voices (US Only)
Author: Masuma Ahuja
Release Date: February 9th, 2021
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
"Masuma Ahuja shares what inspired this book."
This book is based on a series I wrote for The Lily, which I dreamed up when I was traveling around the world reporting on women's and girls' lives.
So many of the conversations I had with girls while reporting -- about the books they read, their friends, the disagreements they had with their parents, the big dreams they were plotting -- never made it into the stories I wrote for news organizations. Because most journalism about girls' lives around the world focuses on sexualization, victimization, or exceptional girls fighting back. There's so little out there about what day-to-day life looks like for girls in different places.
I wanted to know: what do girls in Mongolia and Missouri and Mumbai stay up nights worrying about, what to do they talk to their friends and parents about, what dreams are they plotting?
The only way to find out, of course, was to ask girls. So that's what I did. This book features the diary entries, words, and photos of 30 girls from 27 different countries.
On a personal note, my own girlhood was spent between India, the US and the UK. I often existed as a translator between cultures and felt like people had very little understanding of what ordinary life -- the ways we spend our days and the things we think about -- looks like in different places. The series, and then this book, were an attempt to bring some of that much-needed context into the world.
About The Book
What does a teenage girl dream about in Nigeria or New York? How does she spend her days in Mongolia, the Midwest, and the Middle East?
All around the world, girls are going to school, working, dreaming up big futures—they are soccer players and surfers, ballerinas and chess champions. Yet we know so little about their daily lives. We often hear about challenges and catastrophes in the news, and about exceptional girls who make headlines. But even though the health, education, and success of girls so often determines the future of a community, we don’t know more about what life is like for the ordinary girls, the ones living outside the headlines.
>From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia to the South Pacific, the thirty teens from twenty-seven countries in Girlhood share their own stories of growing up through diary entries and photographs, and the girls’ stories are put in context with reporting and research that helps us understand the circumstances and communities they live in. This full-color, exuberantly designed volume is a portrait of ordinary girlhood around the world, and of the world, as seen through girls’ eyes.
About the Author
Masuma Ahuja is a journalist reporting on gender, migration, and human rights around the world. She was previously a producer at CNN and national digital editor at the Washington Post.
She uses words, photos, and emerging media to report and tell stories about gender, migration, and the impact of politics on people. Her projects have ranged from longform stories to sending disposable cameras to women around the world to document their days to crowdsourcing voicemails from Americans about the impact of the 2016 election on their lives.
She was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.
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