”For too long Afghan women have been depicted as merely the victims of war, repression and extremist ideologies. Now for the first time we hear the voices of those Afghan women who for years have silently stood up to oppression and resisted. Cheryl Benard has done a major service to Afghan women and women everywhere by letting us hear the caged birds sing. An enormously important book as the world sets out to help Afghanistan rebuild. ”
–Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban
"These are dispatches from a hidden war, memoirs of a struggle whose heroics rival, and deserve to be as celebrated, as those of the French resistance or the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Cheryl Benard’s research among unimaginably courageous Afghan women is, by turns, horrifying, enlightening and inspiring."
–Geraldine Brooks, author of Years of Wonder and Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women