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Cathleen Miller

Cathleen Miller

Travel History

Profession: Writer
Location: San Jose , United States
Home base: SF Bay Area
URL: http://www.facebook.com/authorcathleenmiller
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCpXLQTQepo
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Languages spoken: English
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Member since: 03 Nov 2005 03:11


Cathleen Miller’s Champion of Choice is a rigorous yet eloquent account of Dr. Sadik’s inspirational career, and a beautiful and long-awaited tribute to one of the greatest women’s advocates of the 20th century.
— Ted Turner; UN Foundation Founder and Chairman and Founder of CNN

Cathleen Miller has completed Champion of Choice, the biography of Nafis Sadik scheduled to be published March 2013 by the University of Nebraska Press. This nonfiction narrative includes much behind-the-scenes material about the political battles between the United Nations, the Vatican, and the U.S. Republican Party over women’s rights—battles which are still raging today. The research for this work led the author around the globe to interview sources.

Here is a brief description of the book:
Not many women in modern history can claim to have changed the world. But during her thirty years at the United Nations Population Fund, Nafis Sadik’s perseverance in supplying access to contraception cut the global birth rate in half—prompting the London Times to call her one of “the most powerful women in the world.” Written in a dramatic narrative style, her biography tells the true story of a character who defies all stereotypes—an obstetrician, a dedicated wife and mother, a Pakistani, a devout Muslim—who becomes the first female director of the U.N. Champion of Choice delivers insights on how to navigate the minefield of international diplomacy and offers parents a novel idea: how to raise their daughter to be a world leader. Besides the life of Dr. Sadik, this fully documented work also includes short profiles of other females in developing nations, tales of transformation—from victims to activists—as they add their stories to the history of a movement. According to accounts from Cairo to New York, Nafis Sadik has been “the scourge of the men in robes,” a formidable opponent of those who would deny women the opportunity to control their own bodies.

Cathy’s previous work includes a memoir, The Birdhouse Chronicles, and the international bestseller Desert Flower, which has been published in 55 languages, with over 11 million copies in print. The feature film adapted from this work has been released in 34 countries; in the U.S. Desert Flower is distributed by National Geographic.

As a professor at San José State University, Cathy teaches creative writing, specializing in nonfiction. She was one of the founders of the Wild Writing Women, a group of San Francisco travel writers and bon vivants.  Their online magazine won the gold medal from the Society of American Travel Writers. Cathy is also a member of Bay Area Travel Writers.



Cathleen Miller. "Ireland, where church, bar have much in common" Seattle Post Intelligencer , Oct 22 2009.
Cathleen Miller. "Ireland, where church, bar have much in common" San Francisco Chronicle , Oct 18 2009.
Cathleen Miller. "The Memoir Craze" Writers Ask , Sep 1 2009.
Cathleen Miller. Salon.com , "The Sacrificial Lambs" Salon.com , Oct 4 2004.
Cathleen Miller. San Francisco Chronicle , "When the City of Light turns into the city of heat" San Francisco Chronicle , Aug 31 2003.
Cathleen Miller. San Francisco Chronicle , "Inspiration Island" San Francisco Chronicle , Apr 20 2003.
Cathleen Miller. San Francisco Chronicle , "9/11/01 Impact on an Industry" San Francisco Chronicle , Sep 8 2002.
Cathleen Miller. Los Angeles Times , "On the Road to Self Discovery" Los Angeles Times , Aug 26 2001.
Cathleen Miller. Washington Post , "The Coolest Island in Canada" Washington Post , Jul 29 2001.
Cathleen Miller. Washington Post , "San Francisco's Wild and Wicked Walk" Washington Post , Mar 12 2000.


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