Zainab Salbi is the very definition of inspirational. A women's-rights activist, author and speaker with a powerful commitment to freedom; she grew up in liberal, educated 1970s Iraq - a gilded childhood that was blighted when her family became closely entwined with Saddam Hussein. After 'escaping' Iraq to America for an arranged marriage to a man who ultimately abused her, she once again had to flee for her safety. In 1993, when she was just 23 years old, Salbi formed the humanitarian organization Women for Women International - helping women survivors of war. She explains how working with so many women in war zones taught her to embrace the power of beauty and female adornment. In this episode, the memories of the clothes she wore at significant moments in her extraordinary journey are laced through with a heart-breaking story of betrayal and self-discovery. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.