Masuma Ahuja | Girlhood


We are delighted to launch Masuma Ahuja's new book Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices. She will appear in conversation with Rainesford Stauffer to celebrate the launch.

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to join the event.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2021, 6:00pm Central time

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About the Author:

Masuma Ahuja is a journalist who calls three countries home and reports on people, power, and politics around the world. Her work focuses primarily on women’s and girls’ lives. She was previously a producer at CNN and national digital editor at the Washington Post. She uses words, photos, and emerging media to report and tell stories. Her projects have ranged from long-form stories to sending disposable cameras to women in more than a dozen countries to document their days to crowdsourcing voice mails from Americans about the impact of the 2016 election on their lives. She was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

About the conversational partner: 

Rainesford Stauffer is the author of the forthcoming book An Ordinary Age, on sale May 4 from Harper Perennial. She has written and reported for the New York Times, New York magazine’s “The Cut,” WSJ, Magazine, Teen Vogue, Vox, and The Atlantic, among other outlets. She has appeared on CNN Newsroom, NPR’s On Point and Weekend Edition, and podcasts such as ABC News’s Start Here, the Guardian’s Chips with Everything, and Foreign Policy’s Don’t Touch Your Face. Rainesford is a journalist, speaker, and Kentuckian. When she’s not writing, reading, and spending time with her family, Rainesford can be found experimenting with handstands on a yoga mat, enthusiastically baking average bread, or watching too many cat videos on Instagram.


Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to use our curbside pickup program, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

International shipping will be $35.00.

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices By Masuma Ahuja Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750118
Availability: Backordered
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - February 9th, 2021

What does a teenage girl dream about in Nigeria or New York? How does she spend her days in Mongolia, the Midwest, and the Middle East?

All around the world, girls are going to school, working, dreaming up big futures—they are soccer players and surfers, ballerinas and chess champions. Yet we know so little about their daily lives.