A Woman for Change

“That day I realized: Mongolians know. Either they have survived or they know a survivor very well.”

Mongolian Yesterdays

Yuna Oyun—Mongolia’s first openly transgender woman—opens up about her journey.

Motherhood, Guide Dogs and Racing for Rights

“I was strong. I was a strong and independent woman. Then I got married, and I thought: I’ll just be married and be a strong and independent woman. Then I got pregnant, and Henry came, and I was nothing but a strong and independent woman.”

The Schoolteacher With No Tenth Grade

“Most schools have no students in tenth grade, because the women rarely gave birth that year. Even for five, ten years after the revolution, people didn’t want to have a baby, because they didn’t know what would become of their lives.”

Seventeen and Kazakh

“I don’t want to tell a lie. Sometimes I feel conflicting inside. I have to talk and read mostly Mongolian. Sometimes I forget—special Kazakh words, songs. Sometimes I try to talk with my relatives who don’t know Mongolian, and I can’t understand.”

The Climate Scientist’s Wife

“I met my second husband, Clyde, because of the three-day rain.”

The Roving Paleontologist

“We started in the Gobi Dessert with a traveling trunk. Inside the trunk we had dinosaurs—fossils and tools for paleontology. We reached out to nomadic kids in small towns. They looked inside our trunk. It was their first time seeing a dinosaur.”

Mother of Mongols

“I mean, there are amazing amazing people out there, Mongolians. I didn’t understand. But I didn’t really think much about it. I just left it.”

The Horsehead Fiddler

“Now, women collect money and feed the family and take care of the home. It is more easy for women to get the education and the jobs. It is more easy for men to get flying horses.”

The Hatmaker’s Daughter

“The loovuuz is my favorite hat, because it is easy to make, and it is for everyone. You wear a loovuuz, no one knows all the things about you.”

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