From Women to the World
Letters for a New Century
by Elizabeth Filippouli
Extraordinary Women from Around the World Share their Stories and Values
Produced and edited by Elizabeth Filippouli, the Founder of Global Thinkers Forum and Athena40, From Women to the World: Letters for a New Century is a collection of letters – each an ode to the extraordinary lives of extraordinary women.
Bringing together contributions from a global group of inspirational women – politicians, royalty, actors, writers, activists and more, the results are powerful and heartfelt messages to historical figures, famous women, family members, mentors and friends.
The collection features acclaimed Booker-prize nominated Elif Shafak writing a letter to Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand after the Christchurch attack, activist and TV presenter June Sarpong OBE addressing designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan to her grandmothers, activist, journalist Mariane Pearl to an anonymous woman, and children’s nutrition author and entrepreneur Annabel Karmel MBE to her daughter Laura.
"Inspires, thrills [and] touches the soul... Thank you [to] all the brave and valuable women authors of these letters, for let us share their fights, pains, and victories"
- Rosalía Arteaga Serrano, Former President of the Republic of Ecuador
Each is based on these women’s personal histories and experiences, drawing attention to social issues such as gender equality, homelessness, war, LGBTQ activism, mental health, Covid19 and the refugee crisis.
From Women to the World is a book that shows us the power that women have not just to inspire each other, but also to motivate and reinvent our world.
"I invited [a series of] trailblazing women to open up their hearts in a way that they had not done before. I wanted us to speak about our stories, the stories -and women- who defined us. I hope that, as you are reading this volume, you may explore – as I did – some new corridors and rooms in your own life’s story, in your memory. This collective legacy is now yours"
- Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder & CEO, Global Thinkers Forum & Athena40
Elizabeth Filippouli is a journalist, activist and social entrepreneur. She is Founder of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) an independent civil society agency incubated at the University of Oxford, working to promote values-based decision making and supporting women and youth.
The organisation launched Athena40 - a family of diverse initiatives that advance female leadership by creating opportunities for women to be recognized for their work and connecting them with peers from around the world. Elizabeth has worked as investigative journalist and news anchor with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, CNN International and Al Jazeera English. Elizabeth serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Prince’s Trust International.