"Grandmother Power"

Activist and author Paola Gianturco to speak at USFabout her latest book, “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon.”


By Gennelle Chatman

Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (March 6, 2013) — The University of South Florida Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in conjunction with the Women’s Status Committee will welcome acclaimed photojournalist and activist Paola Gianturco to the Gibbons Alumni Center for a presentation on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6-8 pm. Gianturco will be discussing her fifth book: “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon.”


“Grandmother Power” documents a new, unheralded international women’s movement and the increasingly important bond that grandmothers are striving to build with their grandchildren.


“Everywhere I went when I was documenting the work of activist grandmothers in 15 countries, I saw grandmothers reveling in their grandchildren’s good company,” Gianturco said.


The book features 120 activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents who are fighting courageously and effectively—against poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and human rights abuse—to create a better world for grandchildren everywhere.


Gianturco has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” and CNN, NPR and “Voice of America” programs. Her photos have been published in national magazines and newspapers; and her work has been exhibited by the United Nations-New York, UNESCO-Paris and museums worldwide. Gianturco co-developed and taught Executive Institutes on Women and Leadership at Stanford University, and served on the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She was a principal in the first women-owned advertising agency in the United States and is a current member of International Women’s Forum (Paola Gianturco Biography)


The event is free and open to the public. However, those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by March 4 by visiting http://www.usf.edu/ua/rsvp. A book signing will follow.


For more information please contact the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at (813) 974-3496.