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TEDxTraverse City Paola Gianturco Women Who Light the Dark

For the past thirteen years, Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women's lives in forty countries. She has published four acclaimed photo books in the last nine years which bring together inspiring stories with gorgeous photographs to motivate her readers to engage with, learn from and support women around the world. All of Gianturco's books are philanthropic projects, for which she donates her royalties to carefully selected nonprofit organizations that relate to each book's content. Paola's most recent book, Women Who Light the Dark, tells the story of local women around the world who are helping one another tackle the problems that darken their lives—including violence, poverty, illiteracy and disease. Gianturco is giving 100% of her author royalties for this book to The Global Fund for Women, which advocates for and defends women's human rights by making grants to support women-run groups around the world. Paola's photographs have appeared in Marie Claire, Essence Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post, among others. Paola has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs as well as many other TV and radio programs around the world. Her work has been exhibited by the UN-New York; UNESCO-Paris; the US Senate; The Field Museum, Chicago; The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC; the International Museum of Women and the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; the San Jose Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. Paola has lectured all over the country, including The American Craft Museum, The Peabody Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.
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