Recent decades have seen greatly expanded opportunities for women throughout the Arab world, leveling the playing field as never before.
In Arab Women Rising, Knowledge@Wharton contributors Nafeesa Syeed and Rahilla Zafar share the entrepreneurial journeys of 35 women, from a flower farmer tending her fields in the Tunisian countryside to a Saudi royal advocating for expanded womenÕs rights throughout the kingdom.
This Knowledge@Wharton collection tells the stories of: Pioneers who are establishing exciting technology companies in a region where mobile usage is on the upswingSmall and midsize business owners who started enterprises specializing in everything from public relations to the artsInnovators who have rolled out new products, revamped fashions, and integrated new services into their industriesVisionaries tapping the big-picture potential the region holds in such growing fields as entertainment and scienceWomen effectively spearheading change in their communities by starting social enterprisesÊInspiring and powerful, Arab Women Rising is a guide to understanding the modern business environment created and led by a new generation of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa.
Nafeesa Syeed is an award-winning multimedia journalist who has reported from the United States, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Based in Washington, she is currently producing documentary films with Fault Lines and working on her next book about Arab women in politics. Follow her on Twitter @NafeesaSyeed.
Rahilla Zafar is currently based in New York City working on a book project about women in Saudi Arabia. She began contributing to Knowledge@Wharton in 2007 while based in Afghanistan, covering the growth of the countryÕs microfinance and telecom sectors. Follow her on Twitter @rahilla.
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Praise for Arab Women Rising ÒAt a time when the dominant narrative emanating from the Middle East is one of conflict and instability, Knowledge@Wharton contributors Nafeesa Syeed and Rahilla Zafar have illuminated a different set of stories. From flower growers and clothes designers to web developers and management consultants, the women profiled in Arab Women Rising will change foreign views of Arab women and inject much-needed optimism into projections about the fate of the Arab world.Ó ÑBarbara Slavin, senior fellow, The Atlantic Council, and author, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation
ÒA groundbreaking collection of voices from the front lines of a true womenÕs-led revolution in the Arab WorldÑone built on innovation, creativity, perseverance, and sacrifice.Ó ÑMaria M. Ebrahimji, Cofounder, I Speak for Myself, Inc.
ÒArab Women Rising is an important testament to where Arab women stand in the twenty-first century world today.Ó ÑAlison Wright, photographer and author of Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit and Learning to Breathe: One WomanÕs Journey of Spirit and Survival
ÒIf thereÕs one thing Arab women dislike, itÕs being viewed as victims. To know why, read this book. ItÕs full of fascinating stories of women who overcame obstaclesÑfamilial, marital, financial, social, and culturalÑto make it in the male-dominated world of Arab business.Ó ÑCaryle Murphy, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, A KingdomÕs Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings
ÒThe bold women featured here will amaze and inspire you. They are women at the frontier.Ó ÑKay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network, and author, Bold Women, Big Ideas
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