EXCERPT: Girlhood

What does a teenage girl dream about in Nigeria or New York? How does she spend her days in Mongolia, the Midwest, and the Middle East?
All around the world, girls are going to school, working, dreaming up big futures–they are soccer players and surfers, ballerinas and chess champions. Yet we know so little about their daily lives. We often hear about challenges and catastrophes in the news, and about exceptional girls who make headlines. But even though the health, education, and success of girls so often determines the future of a community, we don’t know more about what life is like for the ordinary girls, the ones living outside the headlines.
From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia to the South Pacific, the thirty teens from twenty-seven countries in Girlhood share their own stories of growing up through diary entries and photographs, and the girls’ stories are put in context with reporting and research that helps us understand the circumstances and communities they live in. This full-color, exuberantly designed volume is a portrait of ordinary girlhood around the world, and of the world, as seen through girls’ eyes.

Girlhood
Masuma Ahuja
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date: February 09, 2021
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Masuma Ahuja

I’m a journalist and I report and tell stories with words, audio, multimedia and social media, as well as with digital, emerging and unexpected platforms — from chat bots and text messages to disposable cameras and diary entries.

I tell human stories that help us understand gender, power, and politics around the world.

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