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Next Journey?  Why not MEXICO

… with the WIL Travel Book Club


Mexico, a country of wonder, a country of contrasts, and a center of controversy that touches even those whose desire is to live their own dreams.  The only solution, at times, for some, is to leave.  Join in the discussion surrounding American Dirt, the compelling and critically controversial story of Lydia Quixano Pérez, whose life is upended when the tentacles of the drug cartel touch her comfortable life as an Acapulco bookseller.  This rigorously researched, fictional account, takes you into Lydia’s emotional and harrowing journey from Acapulco, across the border into the United States and the tangles of undocumented immigration.  


Join your WIL virtual travel buddies as we seek to better understand the challenges at the southern border.  In an effort to bridge Jeanine Cummins’ fictional narrative with reality as experienced in Philadelphia, we are pleased to welcome Alexandra Wolkoff, Education Director, Puentes De Salud, into our panel discussion.  Many WIL members know Mexico, through their personal and nonprofit efforts. We would love to hear your experiences and insights!  


American Dirt extends our discussion of women lifting themselves and others in an effort to build better lives for those important to them. 


Date:    June 24, 2020

Time:   3:30-5pm

Venue:  ZOOM video discussion

Cost:      $0 for WIL members and their guests

RSVP YES June 24th Book Club

Location:  ZOOM Video Link, to be sent to RSVP “YES” attendees.

Space is limited to ensure all attendees can participate in the discussion.


American Dirt is available digitally and in hard copy.  You can find it on Barnes&Noble , Amazon and ALIBRIS .  Check it out, and join our June 24th WIL Travel Book Club discussion.

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Past Events

June 20, 2018 World Refugee Day

WIL members volunteer for Philadelphia World Refugee Day

June 6, 2018 Member's Summer Party

WIL Members celebrate the 2017-2018 successful season of programs and events

May 5, 2018 Fundraiser

WIL presents the 2018 Women's Global Empowerment Award to M. Night Shyamalan Foundation and LEWA Wildlife Conservancy for their work to improve lives of women and their families around the world.

FUNraiser - November 5, 2015

WIL's first fundraising event celebrated the organization's tax-exempt status.  Linda Resnick, former president of the organization, received the Bobbie Gohn Inspiration Award for cofounding WIL, as well as dedicating her nonprofit experience and activism for women’s rights to WIL. Leigh Carter, founding director of Fonkoze USA, received the Microfinance Innovator Award on behalf of Fonkoze for providing services to over 200,000 clients in Haiti. KPMG received the Corporate Supporter Award for serving as WIL’s principal corporate sponsor at that time.


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