Wonder Girls: Changing Our World, By Photographer Paola Gianturco
Girls are banding together all over the world, finding strength in numbers and succeeding.
Wonder Girls: Changing Our World is the first book to document the work of groups of activist girls age 10 to 18 internationally. Documentary photographer Paola Gianturco and her 11-year-old granddaughter, photographer, Alex Sangster, focused on 15 groups of girls who are tackling challenges in the Americas, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania. In the book, each girl tells her own story in her own words.
One featured group is GET LIT, WORDS IGNITE. Five of that organization’s spoken word poets are pictured here. They perform in venues as diverse as the Hollywood Bowl and the Library of Congress. Their program has been incorporated into school curriculums throughout Southern California and has helped stem drop out rates and increase literacy among 30,000 low-income youth. “Featuring Get Lit in Wonder Girls was irresistible for me: they are causing big change, making an important difference”, says Paola.