Category: Her Stories

Her Stories: No Problem Too Big

DENVER--My family is large—I have eight brothers and sisters—and I’m amazed every day by how much I learn from my siblings. When I was in kindergarten, my parents approached my…

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Her Stories: The Power of a Handwritten Letter

DENVER -- Last year, I started writing handwritten letters because I was in a rut. I felt like I needed to counteract some of the immediate feedback loop created by…

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Her Stories: Growing Up Female in a Nairobi Slum

NAIROBI—My name is Emily Onyango and I grew up in Korogocho, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Most of the stories told about slums are…

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Her Stories: A Skater’s Balancing Act

MONTREAL--As the daughter of two Canadians, it was neither surprising nor strange that I first touched the ice at the tender age of two. With a hand-me-down green snow suit,…

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Her Stories: Ode to Third Culture Kids

WARSAW, POLAND--People often ask me where I’m from. And rightly so, I just started university, and non-invasive questions like these help get a conversation going. But when faced with this particular question, instead of breaking the ice, I freeze.

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Her Stories: Welcome Back Summer Break

DENVER--Summer break hits me like a slow-motion punch every year even though I’ve been counting the days since October. When it finally arrives my mind floods with scenes from movies…

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Her Stories: Surviving Death

MALMO, SWEDEN—Death was new to me. I had obviously heard of it and I knew it was there, I just never met it until the day my husband, Grzegorz, died…

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The Manchester Attack: In Praise of Teenage Arianators

LONDON-- It’s April 27th, 1990. I’m a 12-year-old, and my heart is beating faster than I can ever remember. The lights have gone down, the crowd has gone crazy, and…

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Her Stories: Alia Al-Senussi on the Venice Biennale, ‘A Testament to the Feminine’

VENICE-- Across the globe in arts and culture, women are often at the forefront as powerful agents of change. At the same time, many strings do ultimately seem to be pulled…

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Her Stories: The Urgency for Performance Art

BELGRADE, SERBIA—It was early Monday morning just after Easter weekend and I was watching Isidor, the black kitten I rescued from the streets of the Serbian capital a few months…

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