Who Is Noorjahan Akbar '14?
Afghan native, gender-equality advocate and sociology major Noorjahan Akbar ’14 is bound to change the world. Find out who she is and some of what she has accomplished through the video and links below.
The Top College Woman
Glamour magazine and L'Oreal Paris named Noorjahan Akbar '14 the grand-prize winner in its Top 10 College Women competition in recognition of her efforts to foster gender equality in Afghanistan. Akbar was also awarded $20,000 as part of the prize.
Akbar addressed members of the Dickinson community and the media during an April 8 event in the Stern Center for Global Education highlighting her achievement. Listen to full audio from the event and watch a video interview.
Women in the World Summit
Akbar was an attendee at the 2013 and speaker at the 2012 Women in the World Summit, sponsored by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. She was in the company of other trailblazing women including Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Gloria Steinem, Angelina Jolie, Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Walters.
A Daily Beast article about the 2012 attendees includes Akbar.
Forbes "Most Powerful Women in the World" Issue
Akbar was featured in Forbes' annual "Most Powerful Women in the World" issue,
which profiles 100 women nominated by leaders in 10 categories,
including business, entrepreneurship, technology, public policy, sports
Akbar was nominated in the science and math category by global social-action executive Holly Gordon of 10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World. Other honorees in the category include Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and Intel executive Rosalind Hudnell.
Featured on Fox News
In her first year at Dickinson, Akbar was the focus of a Fox News Network story
, “Educating Afghan Women,” which details her journey from Kabul to Carlisle to pursue an American college education.
"From Kabul to Carlisle"
While a college campus offers new experiences for all first-year
students, Noorjahan Akbar ’14 found Dickinson’s leafy landscape and
limestone buildings especially dissimilar to her childhood surroundings
in war-wracked south-central Asia.
Read the winter 2011 Dickinson Magazine feature "From Kabul to Carlisle" for more about the beginning of Akbar's journey.