2 Jun 2018

PBS NEWSHOUR: Girls who escaped Boko Haram plead for help for others

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PBS NEWSHOUR: Girls who escaped Boko Haram plead for help for others

The amazing Judy Woodruff delicately interviewed Too Young to Wed’s Leadership Scholarship grantees, Hauwa and Ya Kaka, while they were guests on PBS Newshour in March. Please watch the full program to see the strength and resilience of these two incredible young women. Two girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 thought they would never be able […]

4 May 2018

NPR: Abducted By Boko Haram, Now Posing With Lady Liberty In Times Square

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NPR: Abducted By Boko Haram, Now Posing With Lady Liberty In Times Square

This March, the nonprofit I founded, Too Young to Wed, brought Hauwa and Ya Kaka, two incredible young women from Nigeria — featured in the NYT Sunday Review story Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria — to the U.S. to advocate for themselves and the thousands of other girls like them. We made the decision to bring […]

6 Apr 2018

A Year of Firsts, Filled with Love

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A Year of Firsts, Filled with Love

Every parent celebrates their child’s firsts: first birthday, first haircut, first words, first day of school. My husband, Bryan, and I are no different – except that as adoptive parents, we’ve crammed years’ worth of firsts into the last 12 months, such as the image above: first iPad (especially helpful for children with visual impairments). […]

30 Dec 2017

What the Power of Photography has Meant in 2017 for Child Brides

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What the Power of Photography has Meant in 2017 for Child Brides

On the eve of what I hope will be a bright New Year, I wanted to pause for a moment and celebrate what the power of photography has meant in 2017 for a group of girls and young women very close to my heart: child brides. As most of you know, when I’m not on […]

16 Oct 2017

Why We Need the International Day of the Girl

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Why We Need the International Day of the Girl

Last Wednesday, October 11, marked the sixth International Day of the Girl, a day to be mindful of the hardships endured by so many girls around the world and to promote efforts to improve their lives. With that in mind, I wrote my last blog post about Malala Yousafzai, a native of Pakistan whose staunch […]

27 Sep 2017

Malala Speaks Out to End Child Marriage

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Malala Speaks Out to End Child Marriage

I first heard Malala Yousafzai speak at the New York City home of a philanthropist in 2013. She was barely 16 at the time, but I remember being struck by how mature she sounded, even then. In a room full of major donors to women’s causes, she remarked on the multitudes devoted to fighting for […]

20 Sep 2017

Final Days of Historic Too Young to Wed Paris Exhibition

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Final Days of Historic Too Young to Wed Paris Exhibition

Like many visitors to the Arche du Photojournalisme in Paris over the past few months, Françoise Nyssen left the upset by what she witnessed. “I am in shock… I am a little overwhelmed by what I saw,” a reportedly teary Nyssen told Le Figaro following her August 1 visit to the Too Young to Wed […]

24 Aug 2017

How My Stolen Gear Became a Blessing in Disguise

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How My Stolen Gear Became a Blessing in Disguise

It was the end of January 2016, and I was supposed to be on my way to Kenya to lead Too Young to Wed’s first photo workshop for girls who’d escaped child marriage when “Snowzilla” barreled across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. The record-setting blizzard dumped roughly 2½ feet of snow in my neck […]

10 Aug 2017

Leopard Spots and the Ties That Bind

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Leopard Spots and the Ties That Bind

  Salmatu Fofanah’s stepfather died first, in the car as Salmatu’s mother drove him to the hospital. Her mother followed a month later, succumbing to the illness that would ultimately infect Salmatu and wipe out much of her family in 2014: her brother, her sister, her grandfather, her aunt, her uncle, several of her cousins. […]

27 Jul 2017

Final Behind-the-Scenes with the Ringling Bros. Circus

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Final Behind-the-Scenes with the Ringling Bros. Circus

  Back in 2015, the amazing Stacey Baker from The New York Times Magazine assigned me to run away with the circus. For two weeks, I shadowed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus animals, performers and crew as they traveled by train along the East Coast, capturing behind-the-scenes images of their bustling life on the road. As […]