We looked for writers whose storytelling expertise could help bring each girl’s experience to life, and who could bridge the space between our world and the world in which these girls live. To us, that meant choosing a globally recognized woman writer from each girl’s native country, who could bring her personal experiences and knowledge of culture to the story. Making Girl Rising was already very complicated, so one other simplifying, but limiting, factor was that we needed writers who either write in English or have been professionally translated into English.