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Mountain to mountain : a journey of adventure and activism for the women of Afghanistan

Author: Shannon Galpin
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale Cengage Learning, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Biography : English : Large Print editionView all editions and formats
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Being inspired to act can take many forms. For some, it's taking a weekend to volunteer. For Shannon Galpin, it meant leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Biographies
Named Person: Shannon Galpin; Shannon Galpin; Shannon Galpin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shannon Galpin
ISBN: 9781410475398 1410475395
OCLC Number: 892455621
Notes: Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
This large print edition does not include the sixteen pages of color illustrations found in the original edition.
Description: 477 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm
Contents: Single-speeds in a war zone --
Genesis --
Inshallah --
Turning point --
Speakeasies and motorcycles --
Motherhood --
Road trips and prisons --
Financial fear --
The barrette --
Whore --
Panjshir Valley --
Strength in numbers --
Epilogue: A two-wheeled revolution.
Responsibility: Shannon Galpin.

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Being inspired to act can take many forms. For some, it's taking a weekend to volunteer. For Shannon Galpin, it meant leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. In addition to launching the non-profit, in 2009 Galpin became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. Now she's using that initial bike ride to gain awareness around the country, encouraging people to use their bikes "as a vehicle for social change and justice to support a country where women don't have the right to ride a bike." Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep desire to help women and girls halfway across the world, her love for adventure and sports, and her own inspiration to be so much more than just another rape victim. During her numerous trips to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and journalists as well as everyday Afghanis -- teachers, prison inmates, mothers, daughters -- to cross a cultural divide and find common ground. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating bike rides, humorous episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a country that is still recovering from decades of war and occupation.

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