Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.
Lemmon's book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (now available in paperback), is a crystallization of her view that women are the unsung heroes of war-torn regions and emerging markets alike. Centering on Kamila Sidiqi, an ingenious young Afghan who created jobs for 100 women in her community during the Taliban years, Lemmon's book is a result of years of on-the-ground reporting and it provides an intimate, unsentimental, and optimistic look into modern day Afghanistan and beyond.
Gayle Lemmon is a Contributing Editor-At-Large for Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast, reporting on economic and development issues with a focus on women. She is also the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program. Previously, she covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine, and on the cover of Newsweek. She has also published papers on women and business for the World Bank and Harvard Business School. A former Fulbright scholar, she serves on the board of the International Center for Research on Women.
Innovation is Everywhere (for Corporations)
When we think of Innovation, we think of Apple, Google, and other high-tech giants. But innovation exists in every place where a person has an idea and the passion to see it through. From first hand experience, Lemmon demonstrates how brave people get things done, how they build a business, how they involve a community, how they build a network of trust -- basically, everything that every Harvard business case study extolls. The only difference is that Lemmon's astonishing examples do it while battling oppression, and worse, in war-torn regions like Afghanistan.
Resilience: Unsung Heroes of Emerging Markets
Women are the unsung heroes of emerging markets--the great hope for the social, economic, and political future of third world countries. While women in conflict zones and the developing world are often viewed as victims, and are afforded few of the same rights and opportunities as men, there is a new wave of female business owners setting out to change this fact--and the world. In this optimistic and pragmatic talk, based on her deep work in the financial field, and her reporting from overseas, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon shows us how a new generation of women are stepping out from the shadows. They are the new breadwinners, the ingenious entrepreneurs, and even the brave political leaders who will boldly lead their country in the uncertain years ahead. The implications of this movement, Lemmon shows us, are enormous for all stake holders, from corporations to policy makers. What can we, in the West, learn from this movement, and how can we help promote this positive growth?
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everyth
The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war-- a rare achievement for any Afghan woman-- Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation. Afghanistan's future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana moves beyond the headlines to transport you to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.
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