Celebrating Women’s History Month: Zainab Salbi

By Ann Varner

Zainab Salbi grew up in Iraq and came to the United States at the age of 19. She attended George Mason
University where she received her Bachelor of individualized study degree in sociology and women’s
studies, and received her Master’s degree in development studies from London School of Economics
(keynotes.org). At the age of 23, Salbi founded the Women for Women International organization. The
National Women’s History Alliance website states that Women for Women International “is an
organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access to life changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency”
(nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org).

Salbi has written several books: Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, Freedom is an Inside Job, and If You Knew Me You Would Care. She also is the creator and host of the show #MeToo, Now What. Salbi has received many awards and recognition’s. People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World” in 2016, Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company identified her as one of 100 “The Most Creative People in Business” (zainabsalbi.com). Thank you, Ms. Salbi, for helping to make the world a better place.