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Queen Rania

Posted in on a + note by kendal0 on May 31, 2010

We are the ones weve been waiting for *

You may recognize her from an ALA catalog or on a recent Read poster; she is Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, holding a copy of The Prophet and encouraging us all to read.

Rania Al Abdullah ( ) is considered by many to be one of the worlds most influential women. In Jordan, her work focuses on the quality of education for Jordanian children. Internationally, she advocates for global education and encourages world leaders to endorse the United Nations second Millennium Development Goal, achieve universal primary education The goal works to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

Only 41 years old, the youngest queen in the world encourages all women to make a difference. She believes that universal primary education is fundamental to unlocking many of the worlds problems and that women have the key! In a recent interview with ABCs Diane Sawyer, Queen Rania talked about what she has learned as a commoner who became a queen and why women hold such great promise. For example, she believes:

  1. We should love the old and the new; there are lessons to be learned from both.
  2. Everyone must show up as themselves, no matter what you role or title.
  3. There are limits, no matter who you are; life is not a free ride.
  4. All women suffer from guilt and shouldnt be so hard on themselves!

I particularly was moved when she talked about our strength to make the world more personal. She talked about visiting the sick and bringing comfort and hope to the suffering. She told Diane, we all respond to human suffering in the same way, and it is this universal strength that gives me hope that together maybe women will build bridges around the world.

It is a really interesting and inspiring 6 minute interview!

Kitty Pope
kpope #16, May 2010

*its the title of Alice Walkers latest book of poemsits awesome!

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