Power of Women

22 Mar


Last night I was fortunate to meet Mrs. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

She is a journalist famous for her book The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

She travels around the world researching and interviewing women in Buissness


She was brought to CSU by a foundation called Hunter lecture. Every year a writer is invited to come to CSU and speak to the students and professors, with the support of the Hunter Lecture.

Since I am a part of the International Community I was selected as a part of the Hunter lecture committee that helped with planning her arrival

Also, I registered for an honors book club that discussed her book in the last weeks.

To welcome her, a dinner was held at the RiverClub, downtown Columbus.

The dinner was wonderful and I had a great time, lots of interesting discussions on our table since there were 4 international people sitting at my table.

However, it is always a little weird sitting with professors, I just have to say.
Especially, because a voice professor sat at the same table. I made sure I behaved because jury’s (vocal exam) are coming up :]

This morning I woke up early to be able to meet her again and listen to her talk about her book and travels.


[The Dressmaker from Khair Khana is a story about a young female entrepreneur working during the years of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, a time when the rights of women were severely restricted. With hard work, she manages to start a tailoring school and offer women in her community work. At a time of almost insurmountable poverty, she is able to employ nearly one hundred of her friends and neighbors, all the while escaping the scrutiny of the Taliban]

Here are some interesting things I’d like to share from the forum:]

-she has noticed that countries that respect women rights are more successful. Giving women equal rights will allow business and society to prosper
-she made three examples. In India there is a law that if the daughter is not married at 18 the parents receive money. The investment will pay off in the future. Hilary Clinton emphasizes on Female power and the importance of including females in every field and department of the government, in order to sustain security and peace in the society. Liberia has the first female president in Africa. The people of Liberia are afraid of loosing her in the next election because they believe a male president will lead them into war again. In this case the woman is a symbol of security for the society.
-her favorite place, of those she has visited, is Afghanistan. She says it’s beautiful and even though it is a poor country, the people are one of the nicest.
-there are three groups of people in Afghanistan, women, men and foreign women. She feels like she had advantages of being a foreign female in Afghanistan. She was allowed to speak to wife’s and families of the men she met. [foreign men would never be allowed] That is how she ultimately found her great story for the book.
-she felt Bosnia was the hardest place to visit. Even though the country is beautiful and the living standards are good, the people are sad and unmotivated.
-she recommended finding an organization to support that reaches your attention. One of the organizations reached my attention more than others, an organization where Americans can buy soccer balls that are made in by women in Afghanistan from regional material. How cool? {should make my dad do that!}

Ms. Lemmon was such an engaging personality and her presence was inspiring. I am glad I got the opportunity to meet her.

As a conclusion I want to include a quote from her.

The key of success is finding the advantages you have in your field


Check out her website




3 Responses to “Power of Women”

  1. Kara March 22, 2012 at 23:19 #

    Wow she sounds so inspirational. And intriguing. This post makes me want to get out there and change the world 🙂

    • asolosingerinamerica March 23, 2012 at 09:34 #

      She really is! It is always inspiring to see women that are making a change in the world.

  2. Brittany March 23, 2012 at 12:15 #

    She sounds amazing! What a fun experience!

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