Tererai Trent, PhD, is a Zimbabwean-American woman who was not allowed to go to school as a child because she was female. Tererai was forced to marry at age 11. By age 18, she was the mother of three. "When my husband realized that I wanted to have an education, he would beat me." In 2009, happily remarried Trent earned her doctorate; her thesis looked at HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
Carolina de Jesus was born in poverty and lived in a shack in a São Paulo slum. Although she had only a 2nd grade education, she loved to write. Her journal documenting slum life was discovered by a journalist, published and became a best-seller eventually being translated into 14 languages.