Paola Gianturco, author-photographer, has documented women's issues in 62 countries for six powerHouse Books. Grandmother Power- A Global Phenomenon (2012) won four first place literary awards in categories as diverse as multicultural nonfiction and women's studies. Wonder Girls- Changing the World is third in a triptych. Women Who Light the Dark described women activists; Grandmother Power told about grandmother activists. And now, girl activists. Paola's images have been exhibited at the United Nations, UNESCO, The US Senate, The Field Museum/Chicago, The Museum of the African Diaspora/San Francisco, The Norton Simon Museum/Pasadena, The Grand Rapids Public Museum and more. She lectures internationally, presented a TED talk in Dubai, and has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs among others. Paola serves on the advisory boards of three nonprofits- Rise Up/Let Girls Lead (which empowers girls to advocate for policy change), Pencils for Africa (a child-led initiative that aims to alter the narrative about Africa), and Global Grandmothers (who support children in need internationally). In 2013 Paola was listed among o40 Women to Watch Over 40,o and in 2014, Women's e-News named her one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.
Alex Sangster, author-photographer, is Paola's granddaughter. Alex is something of a wonder girl herself. She and her sister launched a children's program at a global poverty conference in Mexico because they were convinced that if children became friends, they might work together one day to tackle the issues that beleaguer our world. After conducting Face Time and Skype interviews with activist girls in 13 countries, Alex wrote the sections titled oHow You Can Change t
"Talk about inspirational, this book should be on every girl's reading list." -About Her
"Wonder Girls: Changing Our World is the first book to document the passionate and peaceful activism of girl-led groups from around the world--which are improving health, education, gender equality and the environment and stopping child marriage, domestic violence, child trafficking and war." -Ms. Magazine
"If you've ever felt inspired by the comic book character Wonder Woman and what she stands for, then you should get to know our world's real-life wonder girls." -Santa Fe New Mexican
"I want every thinking person to have Wonder Girls." -Elaine Petrocelli, founder of Book Passage bookstore
AS SEEN IN: ABC News, Baltimore Sun, Girl Talk HQ, Global Citizen, Global Fund for Women, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Pasat empo, and Salon.
Wonder Girls won three prizes in the Human Relations Indie Book Awards: Gold (in the Leadership category), and two Silvers (in the Cultural and Diversity, and Life Challenges, categories).
Wonder Girls received first place in the 2017 Nautilus Book Award: Social Justice Category.