One Woman, One Big Impact: Meet Ritu Sharma
Close your eyes. Imagine living in poverty in a developing country as a woman. This image is one that many of us don’t want, or have, to imagine. We sometimes forget that women’s issues extend far beyond our nation’s borders. 2013 Women of Distinction Ritu Sharma, however, is an active participant in working toward solving global women’s issues.
Ritu Sharma is the co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, the leading organization advocating U.S. policies that benefit women living in poverty in developing countries. A first-generation American of East Indian heritage, Sharma comes from a family that left behind generations of violence and poverty in Punjab, India, in search of a new life in the United States. In 1998, wanting to take action for those people who could not leave behind their injustices, Sharma founded Women Thrive.
Today Sharma is recognized as an inspiring public speaker, adept coalition builder, and political strategist. She is the author of An Introduction to Advocacy: A Training Guide, a primary reference for advocates around the globe. Sharma also serves on the board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is frequently quoted in popular media outlets such as the Washington Post, NPR, the New York Daily News, the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, Fox News’ Strategy Room, Washington, D.C.’s NewsChannel 8, and MSNBC.
Sharma’s work through Women Thrive has helped bring global women’s issues into U.S. foreign policy, including assistance and trade programs for women. It is inspiring to see how the work of one woman can make such a powerful impact.
I am excited for the chance to meet Ritu Sharma at the National Conference for College Women Student Leader’s 2013 Women of Distinction Reception on Thursday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. I look forward to hearing her words of wisdom and learning more about her story. Lucky for you, anyone local can also attend this reception for a $35 fee. What are you looking forward to learning from Ritu Sharma?