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This powerful photography collection, drawn from the celebrated National Geographic archive, reveals the lives of women from around the globe, accompanied by revelatory new interviews and portraits of contemporary trailblazers including Oprah Winfrey, Jane Goodall, and Christiane Amanpour.
#MeToo. #GirlBoss. Time’s Up. From Silicon Valley to politics and beyond, women are reshaping our world. Now, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, this bold and inspiring book from National Geographic mines 130 years of photography to showcase their past, their present, and their future. With 400+ stunning images from more than 50 countries, each page of this glorious book offers compelling testimony about what it means to be female, from historic suffragettes to the haunting, green-eyed “Afghan girl.”
Organized around chapter themes like grit, love, and joy, the book features brand-new commentary from a wide swath of luminaries including Laura Bush, Gloria Allred, Roxane Gay, Melinda Gates, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and the founders of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements. Each is accompanied by a bold new portrait, shot by acclaimed NG photographer Erika Larsen. The ultimate coffee table book, this iconic collection provides definitive proof that the future is female.
From the Publisher
The National Geographic Image Collection
Through the Lens
Mary Lengees, one of the first female elephant keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, caresses Suyian, the first sanctuary resident. Reteti is the first indigenous- owned and -run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. The sanctuary is breaking stereotypes and pushing the boundaries of women’s traditional roles in Kenya; it has become a catalyst for changing the way communities view not just wildlife, but also one another.
Women: The National Geographic Image Collection
This photography collection, drawn from the National Geographic archive, reveals the lives of women from around the globe, accompanied by new interviews and portraits of contemporary trailblazers including Oprah Winfrey, Jane Goodall, and Christiane Amanpour. Women are reshaping our world. This bold and inspiring book from National Geographic mines 130 years of photography to showcase their past, their present, and their future.
Divided into six chapters:
Joy Beauty Love Wisdom Strength Hope
In photos of joyful women, can you trace the joy to its source? Many times, it’s obvious: the diploma in the hand of the new college graduate. The red-convertible road trip, and the friend sharing it. In other photos, the delight is clear but its cause is a mystery—obscured, the way demure women’s hands obscure their smiling lips.
Some joy is not of this world: a white-gowned pilgrim’s bliss as holy water dampens her face; the ecstasy of Holi festival revelers, showering one another in color. But sometimes it’s distinctly earthly pleasure: Cokes and potato chips. Sun on surfboards. A walk along the Seine. Why is the woman on the facing page smiling? Her joy must have its reasons. The key is to find a reason of your own.
Proving age is just a number, Foofie Harlan, 79, does a headstand as her retirement community dance team performs outside of Phoenix.
Beauty and women share a fraught history; we’re judged on our appearance in a way men are not. Many of us grow up in front of a mirror, cataloging how we fall short of conventional notions of beauty. Today’s social media ratchets up the pressure, with body shaming and unattainable goals. Today, National Geographic’s content, including this book, offers a much broader view of what’s beautiful. Alongside the traditional, we aim to show beauty in its unadorned state, in unexpected places, and in all its multicultural glory.
In Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: What do you think is the most important challenge facing women today?
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: It’s really difficult to narrow it down to just one. I would say women’s autonomy over their bodies and by this I mean a broad range of things. Not just reproductive rights, but including the scourge of domestic violence and also the lack of proper legal protection for women globally.
NG: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
CNA: Yes, I do very much, because I believe that men and women are equal as human beings, and I believe that sex should not be a reason to hold people back. We live in a world that has consistently held women back because they are women, and I feel very strongly that this needs to change. That’s what feminism means to me.
Publisher : National Geographic; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2019)
Language : English
Hardcover : 512 pages
ISBN-10 : 1426220650
ISBN-13 : 978-1426220654
Item Weight : 5.95 pounds
Dimensions : 9.39 x 1.47 x 12.18 inches