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Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe

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Women in Burkina Faso (Photo: Julie Dixon/Women Thrive)Teach a Woman to Fish is the story of millions of women and girls worldwide who are striving to break free of poverty, violence, and inequality. It is...
  • A globe-spanning first-hand account from a leading champion for women living in poverty around the world, Women Thrive Worldwide Co-Founder and President Ritu Sharma.
  • An introduction to how U.S. foreign policy works, and sometimes doesn't work, to help realize the potential of half the world's population.
  • An urgent call to action for readers to join the global struggle for equality and opportunity for women and girls around the world.
 Praise for Teach a Woman to Fish
Praise from Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, and co-founder of The Carter Center with his wife, Rosalynn Carter


"Ritu Sharma delivers inspiring stories of women and men who are overcoming great obstacles to improve the lives of girls and women under dire circumstances. She also provides insights into how we in America can help individually and through our government’s aid programs. Every citizen and lawmaker should read this book.”

Praise from Melinda Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In Teach a Woman to Fish, Ritu Sharma shows us what unites women around the world: devotion to their families, pride in their children, and a willingness to sacrifice for a better future. Using highly accessible prose, she helps make the sometimes abstract concept of women’s empowerment concrete, showing how no matter where they live, women’s hard work is absolutely essential to building thriving communities.
Praise from former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

“Ritu Sharma paints a remarkably personal and poignant portrait of both the enormous challenges and the boundless resiliency of women living in some of the world’s poorest regions. Most importantly, she provides keen insights into the circumstances that work against them, and offers an array of concrete steps based on the depth of her experience that can change lives and further empower these extraordinary women.”
Praise from Eve Ensler, Playwright and Activist

"Ritu Sharma has a singular commitment to the rights of women and girls, a unique understanding of what it takes to make a difference, and an uncanny ability to combine the two."
Praise from Maria Bello, actor and activist

"Ritu Sharma is a passionate leader for women and girls around the world. With her profound understanding and compassion, she gives voice to their inspirational stories of hopes, dreams and challenges that will continue to echo in our hearts."
Praise from Raymond Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America

“With a storyteller’s eye and an advocate’s passion, Ritu Sharma takes us on a personal journey that lays bare the simple injustices that rob women of their rights and dignity while offering a contrasting vision of aid interventions and policy reforms that unlock their potential for leadership and liberation.”