Parenting Courageously | Maria Toorpakai "A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight"
Not even Taliban death threats could stop our guest Maria Toorpakai from fulfilling her destiny. Growing up in the conservative region of Waziristan where women have zero rights, Maria Toorpakai, age 4, burned all of her dresses. Maria's father and brothers helped hide her female identity so she could play sports and roam freely as a boy. Now an internationally ranked squash player, Maria Toorpakai uses her platform to advocate women's rights. In her new memoir, A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight, Toorpakai shares, "Courage in Pakistan is often a fatal virtue." Yet her courageous parents defied societal expectations and encouraged each of their children to live authentically, even if that meant putting their lives at risk. And Maria's mother, a school principal, continues to travel to dangerous territories in order to build schools for girls. You don't want to miss this provocative and empowering "Atomic Moms" discussion about having the courage to allow our children to be their truest selves.