"As a child I grew up in a single parent household watching my mother work hard to make ends meet. By the age of 8, I had experienced living in a women’s shelter, visited food banks, and dealt with many financial obstacles throughout my formative years."
"The Tamil Tigers surrendered to government forces at the close of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009. Ananthy’s husband, EIilan, was one of them. He was never seen again. After more than 10 years of searching for him, Ananthy decides to run in parliamentary elections on a platform of accountability for war crimes. She makes a plea at the UN and pushes for an international tribunal. But answers remain elusive."
"I’ve been fascinated with the Tamil language ever since I learned that it is one of the world’s oldest languages still in use. Spoken in both India and Sri Lanka it’s actually quite rare in America, but I was able to find some restaurants in and around New York City that are run by Tamil speakers and here’s what happened when I tried ordering in this ancient and beautiful but extremely challenging language."
“In my 15 years in the education system and later in an executive educational position, I’d never seen a Bla(c)k brown woman or gender diverse person in leadership. The final straw was when I attended a Women in Educational Leadership conference in Sydney and there were more men in the room than melanated women. I broached this in the final session and the all-White panel made some awkward comparisons and justifications. At that moment I decided, right, if these women will not move over and make space for people who look and sound and think and live like me, I’ll create my own space for us.”