Julia Bolz is a women’s rights activist providing social guidance to countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central America, and Central Asia. She founded the Journey with an Afghan School program after 9/11 to help bridge the cultural divide between the U.S. and Afghanistan particularly by increasing the educational opportunities afforded to young women. Before joining the grassroots movement for gender equality, she worked at one of Seattle’s most prestigious law firms, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland. She received Seattle’s Tom C. Wales Citizenship Award for her combined humanitarian efforts. Bolz graduated from Smith College.
Julia Bolz: One of my . . . I think the person I’d like to interview unfortunately has passed away. It’s Mother Theresa. And I think that she had a tremendous influence, especially in the developing world. What she did was to take a group of people that most had ignored, had thrown to the side, and she showed what it’s like to make them equals . . . that they all had the same value. And actually one of the people who also did that – and we’re celebrating the 10th year of her death right now – is Princess Diana. And she had a real connection with the people as well in the developing world. And what she was able to do was to connect the two worlds; was to bring the people from the developed world into the developing world and to make that link. She was a bridge. So the both of them have been tremendous role models.