May 5, 2011

Women Who Light The Dark

Young child writing at a desk

Women around the world face overwhelming problems of violence, inequality and poverty. But some women have found creative ways to overcome these ills, and one woman has documented their stories.

Host Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with international photojournalist Paola Gianturco about her book Women Who Light the Dark. Gianturco spent months documenting the lives of women in 15 countries on five continents, meshing their stories with her stunning photographs. She learned how women tackle the problems in their lives - domestic violence, sex trafficking, poverty, illiteracy, discrimination - with creativity and imagination.

Gianturco's images have been exhibited at the United Nations, the U.S. Senate, numerous museums, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and NPR. Her pictures have been published in Harpers Bazaar, the New York Times and the Washington Post.