“Inspired by Ayaan” Top Essays, “Heretic” in the US, Eric Schmidt Challenge and More

april 2015

Dear AHA Foundation Supporter,

Spring is the time many of us are inspired by the colorful changes we see around us. When coupled with action, inspiration can lead to change.

This month, we’re honored to share with you the moving narratives of personal growth, and above all of hope, that we received with our first-ever Supporter Call for Essays. After reading each entry, I am humbled and overwhelmed by the connection I have with so many of you.

Your words are my inspiration to continue this difficult, but crucial battle.

This year, springtime also means I’m constantly on the road to discuss my new book, Heretic, and to highlight why the ideas behind it are so important to secure the freedom and dignity of countless women and girls across the globe. In this Newsletter, we’ve included a few of our favorite selections from the various media appearances I’ve had along the way. I hope my book and these interviews will inspire you to take on thought-provoking and meaningful discussions with your friends and families.

I hope you’ll also be inspired to renew your commitment to fighting with us by taking Eric Schmidt’s Challenge. If you’ve been putting off sending us your support, now is the time to act. Thanks to my generous friend Eric, your gift will go twice as far in giving women and girls the necessary tools to take their lives into their own hands.

Thank you,


Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Founder, The AHA Foundation