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Women Entrepreneurs In Afghanistan With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Rachel Solomon
05/03/2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon traveled to Afghanistan in 2005 to report a story on female entrepreneurship. When she met her "fixer" — someone who engineers interviews in foreign countries — at the airport, he told her: "I don't know why you're going to stay here for a couple of weeks. We don't have women in business here."

Those words were far from the truth. In "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana," Lemmon tells the story of Kamila Sidiqi, a woman in Kabul who began a thriving dressmaking business after she was banned from school and confined to her home after the Taliban seized control. Lemmon spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on March 26, 2012.


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a former ABC News reporter and the author of "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe."

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