The fight against extremist and terrorist groups in the Middle East sometimes seems hopeless. Wins are few and far between. The plight of women in countries controlled by these groups is particularly bleak. "The Daughters of Kobani" is the rare and inspiring story of women fighting back against the extremists and winning.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a journalist who has worked extensively in the Middle East with a particular focus on women. Her first two books explore the role of women in Afghanistan. "The Daughters of Kobani" focuses on women of the WPJ, the all-female branch of the Kurdish militia fighting ISIS in northern Syria. These women were essential in driving back terrorist forces in the area. Lemmon's story is a glimmer hope that women can find a more equal place in the repressive ethos of the Middle East.