Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a major new voice on the role of female entrepreneurs in the developing world. Her book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, is a crystallization of her view that women are the unsung heroes of war-torn regions and emerging markets alike. Centering on Kamila Sidiqi, an ingenious young Afghan who created jobs for 100 women in her community during the Taliban years, Lemmon's book is a result of years of on-the-ground reporting and it provides an intimate, unsentimental, and optimistic look into modern day Afghanistan and beyond.
Lemmon's book highlights the relationship between women and work, showing that leadership and empowerment can come out of even the most difficult situations. These women, and many millions more like them, are not victims, Lemmon reminds us; they represent the tenacious heart -- and the best hope -- for their nation in the years to come.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Contributing Editor-At-Large for Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast, reporting on economic and development issues with a focus on women. She is also the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program. Previously, she covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine, and on the cover of Newsweek. She has also published papers on women and business for the World Bank and Harvard Business School.
A former Fulbright scholar, she serves on the board of the International Center for Research on Women.