Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon

September 6, 2013 - February 2, 2014


An unheralded Grandmothers’ movement is changing the world.


Activist grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. For the first time in history, grandmothers around the world are campaigning universally and vigorously for political, economic and social justice. And they are succeeding.

There are more grandmothers in the world today than ever before. They are younger, healthier, better educated, and better off than they have ever been. They are energetic and effective and they are modeling important lessons of collaboration, generosity, patience, persereverance and resilience.

Paola Gianturco, a grandmother herself, has profiled 120 activitst grandmothers in 15 countries on 5 continents in Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon. Her interviews and photographs highlighting their amazing stories were the inspiration for this exhibition.

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The Exhibit Stories                    

Eight powerful stories featured
  • Grandmothers End Darkness | India
  • Grandmothers Combat Illiteracy | Argentina
  • Grandmothers Challenge Unhealthy Traditions | Senegal
  • Grandmothers Demand Justice | Philippines
  • Grandmothers Pray for Peace and for the Earth | Indigenous Grandmothers
  • Grandmothers Raise Children Orphaned by AIDS | South Africa & Swaziland
  • Grandmothers Unite | Canada
  • Grandmothers Take on Dirty Business | Thailand  

Each story in the exhibition is narrated by Paola Gianturco in a cell phone tour. 

Visitors to Grandmother Power also have the opportunity to add their own grandmother to the story through an interactive web experience. Tell a story about your own grandmother, add a photo, and become part of Grandmother Power!

Press Release

Global Grandmother Power

Grandmother Power accompanying programming includes:

  • Lectures
  • Community Service Day
  • Can we sustain Granny Power? - Special Lecture with CNN Hero Jackson Kaguri


The Grand Rapids Public Museum is grateful to our sponsors to date:

Media sponsors:


Grandmother Power will travel nationally and internationally following its time in Grand Rapids, MI. Details here.