by Jerri Dell
Expecting the World is the story of one woman’s unlikely thirty-year rise through a male-dominated international organization, to pioneer a new approach to women in development, improve livelihoods and reduce poverty. It is an intimate account of Dell’s work and travel training trainers to train village women and artisans in Africa, India, the Maghreb and Peru, while raising two sons at home.
Dell’s story unfolds within the historical context of the last three decades of the twentieth century, encompassing world events that took place during those tumultuous years: the politics of oil, war in the Mideast, and the Egypt-Israeli peace accords of the 1970s; the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981; Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990; and the horror of September 11, 2001. It includes her personal encounters with international figures like World Bank president Robert McNamara and Egypt’s first lady Jehan Sadat, both of whom provided critical support and inspiration for her work.
Jerri Dell grew up in Washington D.C., in a family of feminist progressives. She earned a BA from Bard College and an MBA from George Washington University, and went to work in international development at the World Bank for thirty years. After retiring in 2003, she moved to Cumberland, Maryland, where she opened an art gallery. In 2008, she moved to a farm in Pennsylvania, where she began to write. In 2017, she published Blood Too Bright-Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay about her grandfather’s romantic and political life in Bohemian Greenwich Village at the turn of the twentieth century. Later, she shifted her focus on her own life and the work she did at the World Bank to empower women . . . and herself.
- Paperback: 310 pages
- ISBN-13: 978-1736535868
- Price: $18.95