Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran in 1969.  She was raised as the only child in a very “westernized” family during the pre-revolutionary years of Iran.  She and her family eventually moved to the capital of Tehran and shortly afterwards, the Iranian Revolution had begun.  Due to Marjane’s family’s westernized way of life, this…

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed is a scholar as well as an Egyptian activist. She is most commonly known for her positions as director of Research at the Institution for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington D.C. and was also appointed by former president Barack Obama to be an advisor of the White House Office of Faith-Based and…

Molara Ogundipe-Leslie

Teacher || Writer || Poet || Activist Early Life Molara Ogundipe-Leslie was born on December 27th, 1940 in Lagos Nigeria. Her father was a missionary and reverend and her mother a teacher of English and Math in Teacher’s Colleges. She then moved from Lagos to Benin City, because her father had founded a new mission….

Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid is an Antiguan writer, well known for her works that explore the mother-daughter relationship as well as those that discuss anti-colonialist themes. She is revered as one of the most important women Caribbean writers. Her novels, short fiction, and essays are influential and well-respected in the literary canon. Born Eliane Potter Richardson on…

Wole Soyinka

  Wole Soyinka is an esteemed Nigerian playwright, poet, and author as well as a political activist. He is most known for his works that critique the current political climate. Soyinka is the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Born on July 13, 1934, in Abeokuta, Nigeria, with the name Akinwande Oluwole…

S.K. Ali

  Sajidah K. (S.K.) Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, which is the first young adult title from Simon & Schuster’s new imprint, Salaam Reads. Salaam Reads is an imprint that focuses solely on Muslim main characters in hopes of providing positive representation for Muslim children in media and giving non-Muslims a chance…

Yacoub Shaheen

I first heard the name Yacoub Shaheen when I was in Bethlehem staying with a host family as part of my study abroad this past semester. It was dinnertime and we were drinking tea in the living room and watching Arab Idol. When the Palestinian singer came on to perform, my host family got very…

Balaraba Ramat Yakubu

Balaraba Ramat Yakubu is a modern feminist writer who is fiercely driven by her own experience. At the age of 13, Yakubu was forced to abandon her education in favor of getting married. After only about a year of marriage, her husband sent her back to her father’s home. After this divorce, her father allowed…

Deborah A. Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda is a Native American poet and writer whose ancestors had suffered in the Spanish missions. Her works include Raised by Humans (2015); Indian Cartography: Poems (1999); and The Zen of La Llorona (2005) (“Deborah A. Miranda” Poetry Foundation). Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2013) contains not only poetry but also autobiographical information,…

Benjamin Madley

Genocide is often not a word that comes to mind when people hear “Native American.” According to Benjamin Madley, however, our conception of the early colonization of America is all wrong. What is taught in elementary schools as a peaceful settlement of Europeans colonists, was really a barbarous slaughter of all previous inhabitants, the Native…

Sharin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi is a 70-year-old female lawyer in Iran and well known human rights activist. Her lives work is devoted to bringing true justice to those whose voices have been silenced by injustices in the Iranian political system. She grew up in Iran’s capital, Tehran and became a judge in 1975 at age 21. She…

Asya Abdullah

Asya Abdullah is a 46-year old woman from the town of Derika Hemko in Syria, and has taken an active role in fighting for the Kurdish movement as well as working for democracy and keeping women’s rights at the forefront of her agenda. She is the co-chair of the Democratic Union Party with Saleh Muslim,…