From West Virginia to Colombia to Haiti, women and girls across the world face incredible challenges: poverty, human trafficking, teenage pregnancy, and low educational attainment, to name just a few. How do we, as Sonoma County residents, make a dent in enormous problems in distant places?

Beth Brown and Elly Grogan were panelists at a recent screening of “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” to discuss local ways to get involved in global philanthropy, from joining a giving circle for women and girls to establishing a fund to support international organizations. The film, a follow-up to “Half the Sky” by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, tells stories of inspirational organizations that are making a true difference in the lives of women and girls. “A Path Appears” will be shown on PBS in segments on January 26th, February 2nd, and February 9th at 10 p.m.

Want to dive deeper? There’s a book by the same name now available at bookstores nationwide.

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