This fall I have been on stages across the country with the Together Tour. Each evening courageous, trailblazing women gather to share their stories, to weave them into a beautiful tapestry. It has been a humbling and magical experience thus far. I am so thankful to Kaur Life for the beautiful feature, below, on the Together Tour and my most recent initiative, The Revolutionary Love Project. The tour is half way done, but there is still time to join us! Upcoming stops: BROOKLYN 10/17, ATLANTA 10/19, DENVER 10/24. Use code VAL10 for
A few months ago, I made a leap of faith. Every night, when I lay my son in his crib, my love for him swells up in my heart – and then fear lodges in my throat when I think about him coming of age. This election year, it feels like fear and hate threatens to swallow America whole. I can’t protect him from the fires of life; I can only try to give him a better world. But after 15 years as an activist, I’m tired of fighting
I am moved to be on this list, but even more proud to see my boss, Stanford Professor Barbara van Schewick, at the top - for having "a bigger impact than entire institutions." She is extraordinary. I am so glad that Marvin shared the work of the many women who have fought over the past year and a half for an open internet: Please read and then share this article to shine a light on the many incredible women leading technology and social change. The Women Who Won Net Neutrality By Marvin Ammori You can
This piece was originally published on the Huffington Post. On May 9, 2015, I delivered the 100th commencement address at the College of Saint Benedict, a Catholic liberal arts college for women. I was the first commencement speaker of the Sikh faith in the College's history. I addressed the Class of 2015 on Mother's Day weekend. President Mary Hinton, professors and staff, family and friends, and the College of St Benedict's Class of 2015, it is an honor for me to address you today. On a bright day like this, not
It was an incredible experience to watch the first-ever Sikh float at the Rose Parade. It celebrated the story of Sikhs in America, starting with pioneers like my grandfather who settled in California 101 years ago. The float features a replica of the first gurdwara in America - one that he helped build - and a tractor like the one he used to farm. Watching the Rose Parade next to my parents and Sharat, baby Kavi sleeping on my chest, we all teared up when we saw the Sikh float on the screen. My dad started
Check out the new PBS documentary Makers: Women in Business. I make a brief appearance on the question of “leaning in” at minute 43:33-44:55. Though only for a few seconds, I am glad the film documents some of the complexities of the debate surrounding women's leadership and Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. You can read my full critique published in an essay for MSNBC “Lean in? For Millennials, the question is what are we leaning toward.” Or watch my appearance on the Melissa Harris-Perry show here.
On April 16th, I gave the keynote address at Praxis International's Advocacy Learning Center. They are an awesome organization that works to eliminate violence in the lives of women and children, in part, by training advocates in best practices for making change. I offered a discussion about how storytelling can serve as a real tool for social action, and gave step-by-step instructions and examples for lifting up communities' stories. If you follow the instructions on this page, you can watch the address and learn tips for storytelling.
I had such a lovely time speaking at "Sikh Women in Contemporary America" event hosted by the Sikh Coalition. Inni Kaur, Reshma Singh, and I shared stories and experiences of the ways in which our faith has influenced our professional lives. The audience was full of thoughtful and inspiring young women and men, some of whom wrote about their experiences at the event here. You can also check out the photos from the event on the Sikh Coalition's Facebook Page here. (Photo Source: The Sikh Coalition)
I'm deeply honored to be included in Audrey Magazine's list of influential Asian American women, especially alongside two of my heroes, Grace Lee Boggs and Somaly Mam. These women have inspired me for years to follow in their footsteps as strong women of color. Check out the video below to learn more or go here to read full profiles for all eight women. Profile: Valarie Kaur By Audrey Magazine On September 11, 2001, Valarie Kaur watched in horror, along with her fellow Americans, as the two towers fell. A third generation
Here's my take on Angelina Jolie's story to pursue preventive care for breast cancer. On MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show, I talk about how women's health movements can use stories like Jolie's to break down economic and cultural barriers to care facing lower-income women and women of color, not just for breast cancer but for other less visible diseases such as myeloma and endometriosis. "Angelina Jolie's Story and the Politics of Breast Cancer" - Valarie Kaur on MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Parry Show" May 19, 2013 from Sharat Raju on Vimeo.