Born in Ethiopia, Maaza Mengiste worked in business consulting, PR, and film before bursting onto the literary scene with her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze. An advocate for girls’ education, she contributed to the documentary GIRL RISING and serves on the advisory board of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. She teaches creative writing at Queens College and Princeton University, and is finishing her second novel. This is her story.
March 03, 2017 | Filed in: The Most Remarkable Women In The World
I always wear this gold bracelet that my grandmother gave me when I was 12. I promised her I’d never take it off, and I never have. Sometimes I get in trouble at the airport... I tell them, ‘You can pat me down, but it’s not coming off.’