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Miss America 2014 along with 14 Role Models of South Asian Heritage Serve as Inspiration to Live the American Dream

We are thrilled to announce the release of the 2nd annual Saris to Suits ® Empowered calendar with sixteen months of American role models of South Asian heritage born on four continents representing major religions, regions, languages and diverse careers.  Each has a unique story of trials, tribulations and perseverance as a social entrepreneur, an activist, a high-tech company executive, an inventor, a Guyana-born accountant, a Pakistani-American highly-acclaimed cardiologist and patenter; and a talented, socially conscious part Gujarati beauty queen aspiring to be a Bollywood-Hollywood crossover.

The 36-page colorful and beautifully designed calendar with empowerment quotes includes exceptional women, such as a devout Muslim PhD who is breaking down barriers as a competitive weightlifter wearing a hijab;  an award-winning journalist for CNN who was left at an orphanage and later adopted by her Bengali Mother; and  Harvard Business School’s grand prize winner of a social enterprise that makes sanitary pads out of banana leaf fiber that is giving rural women and girls in India a new life.   An inspirational storyteller that makes a great gift for YOUR daughter or a special woman for a job well done or to encourage one that has survived unusual hurdles!!  Digital download is $10 and Hard Copy $15.  See ‘Shop’ page.

Each role model in the calendar poses for a purpose:  Be EMPOWERED, uplift and DIGNIFY women and families marginalized by society, and to INSPIRE young girls to live the American dream through education, hard work, and to speak up for social justice.  Primary U.S. beneficiaries of the Saris to Suits® Empowered  campaign are  SMART Girls/SMART Moves Program of Boys and Girls Clubs  along with Chicago-based Apna Ghar (Our House) and Atlanta-based Raksha (Protection).

The Foundation seeks to shed light on domestic violence and assault. “New York to New Delhi, Chicago to Chennai, Boston to Bangalore, Kolkata to Karachi domestic violence and assault is preventable global public health epidemic which permeates East to West and Saris to Suits.” said Patti Tripathi, the Founder of Saris to Suits Inc, who emigrated from U.P. near the Nepal border to Indiana and became one of the first Indian-born national news anchors in the U.S.

“We are so glad to partner with Saris to Suits to raise greater awareness about gender violence and gender discrimination in South Asian and other immigrant communities. At Apna Ghar we envision a world in which women and children can live violence free lives and our values align with Saris to Suits mission to empower South Asian women and girls. We look forward to what we can accomplish together,” said Neha Gill, the Executive Director of Apna Ghar in Chicago.

BBC news and Fox News Channel profiled the inaugural Saris to Suits empowerment campaign.

Beyond the Dream: Pose for Purpose

The outside world tuning into watch her on television would not have suspected Tripathi’s travails with pressures of an arranged marriage and what she endured in her personal life which makes her passionate about women’s empowerment and social change.    Brown Girl Magazine.

Tripathi says the South-Asian and the immigrant communities have unique hurdles.  Many young Americans of South Asian roots are forced into arranged marriages within one’s ancestral caste and region even in the U.S. and the enormous toll domestic abuse, which comes in many forms, takes primarily on women and children.  Many fear becoming outcasts because of a culture of shame and the stigma of divorce. The inability to maneuver and find resources without extended family support and/or immigration status, language and legal barriers keep them trapped in abusive homes. Census figures show a large number of people are emigrating from India and South Asia — it is timely to raise greater awareness of unique challenges in the ethnic communities.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
Maya Angelou, activist and poet.

KINDLY NOTE:  Garments such as “saris” or “suits” do not make a person more  or less empowered.  Rather the registered trademark implies these savvy and worldly women travel fluidly between continents, chasms, and communities AND serve as role models for young girls and women.  In additional to primary beneficiaries the Saris to Suits Foundation hopes to extend support to causes that help women and girls in India and empowerment programs.  Saris to Suits is incorporated as a public charity, and exempt from federal tax under 501 © 3 Revenue Code, which means contributions are deductible under section 170 of the code.


Please contact us if you are proponent of women and girls’ empowerment and want to sponsor or donate, or if you wish serious consideration as a role models in future awareness campaign. Info@SarisToSuits.org