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  1. Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Poverty is Sexist! (And that time I met Bono at Bob Dylan’s house)

    Hello, friends. I’ve been dying to tell you about something since June and today is the day when I get to finally spill the beans! I met Bono. At Shangri La, the house Bob Dylan and his band bought and transformed into a recording studio that is now owned by Rick Rubin. And take a picture with Bono and a group of badass women activists. For Glamour magazine. SO CRAZY!

    Glamour's Man of the Year: Bono for ONE and Poverty is SexistPhoto credit: Sam Jones

    Each year Glamour honors “Women of the Year.” This year Bono is being honored as their first “Man of the Year” for his work through ONE specifically supporting ONE Girls & Women and the Poverty is Sexist campaign. I had the chance to hear ONE co-founder Jamie Drummond speak a few years ago. He talked about how ONE came about and how Bono initially got involved. To sum up what he shared, Bono is the real deal, who totally knows his stuff and chooses to work on issues that are complex and generally not well understood by the general public but have massive positive impact on millions of people. Meeting Bono was an honor and when I mentioned to him that I had traveled with ONE and Heifer International to Malawi, he started talking in detail about what is happening in Malawi right now. (PS: Things are not good. Currently severe drought is causing a food emergency. Click here to learn more about what is happening. If you would like to donate specifically to help the people in this country I hold so close to my heart, click here. I just donated myself, in fact. All the cool kids are doing it. PEER PRESSURE!)

    Glamour gathered a small group of women activists to pose in a photo with Bono for the article and I was lucky enough to be one of those women. It was a really amazing group and I loved hearing all the different ways they support both ONE and RED, through businesses they run to university campus work and much more.

    There you have it. Bono and I are besties! In related news, I’m pretty sure they didn’t use the photo where we were all holding hands because I probably looked super stressed because “what if I move my pinky finger or squeeze his hand or something weird and he’ll for sure feel it and oh my goodness hold STILL and just keep holding Bono’s hand.”

    The article will be featured in the December print issue of Glamour, which hits newsstands today! (I think my parents may buy them all, so if you want a copy, hurry.)

    I have to finish this blog post with a plea for you to check out the Poverty is Sexist page, where you can learn more about the campaign, read ONE’s full report on how poverty disproportionately affects girls and women and sign the letter showing your support!