Sonia Shah Organization: Resisting Terrorism and Sexism Through Girls Education in Pakistan and Chicago

Sonia Shah Organization
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Sonia Shah Organization
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Sonia Shah Organization: Resisting Terrorism and Sexism Through Girls Education in Pakistan and Chicago

The Me Too Movement created a paradigm shift in the United States of how we think and talk about gender inequality. But many critiqued the movement as being too elitist — that women without fame, money or privilege, who were never heard, we’re still not being heard. Years before the Me Too movement, one privileged girl, Winnetka, Illinois teen, Sonia Shah, decided to elevate women’s voices. Sonia wanted girls to have a future like her mother, Iram and grandmother provided for her. But at age 18, she died in a 2012 auto accident. Iram carries on her daughter’s legacy through the Sonia Shah Organization. For our Global Activism segment, Iram will share more about her memories of Sonia. We’ll here Sonia describe her dreams for girls in Pakistan and around the world, and we’ll hear from girls whose lives were transformed by the dreams of, Sonia Shah, a woman they’ve never met.