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Beyond Borders

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Beyond Borders: Portraits of American Women from around the World celebrates seemingly ordinary American women living abroad, who have assimilated into the culture of their host nations and achieved something meaningful in their chosen path. They are seen as an inspiration for others, each in her own way. In the present environment of international discontent with the US, these women shed light on the positive side of the American spirit and culture. They are our everyday ambassadors.

Beyond Borders emcompasses a photographic book and accompanying exhibition – a collection of portraits and stories about cultural identity, about being an American woman in a world that has lost its belief in the good will of the United States, about the power to go beyond borders to make things happen, and about the necessary sacrifices and well-deserved triumphs along the way.
It a tribute to the adaptability, inventiveness, and perseverance of these American women, who along with millions of other women just like them, believed they could “make a difference” in the world……..and did.

The women were invited from FAWCO, the Federation of American Women’s Club Overseas  ( With its 15,000 members around the world, FAWCO is a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) since 1995, FAWCO was granted special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the UN in 1997.