A few years ago, radio show Radio Diaries held a contest to find their next Teenage Diarist. They received almost 1,000 submissions from around the world. And found someone really special.
Majd Abdulghani is a teenager living in Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries for women in the world. She wants to be a scientist. Her family wants to arrange her marriage.From the age of 19 to 21, Majd has been chronicling her life with a microphone, taking us inside a society where the voices of women are rarely heard. She records herself practicing karate, conducting experiments in a genetics lab, and fending off pressure to accept an arranged marriage.
In her audio diary, Majd documents everything from arguments with her brother about how much she should cover herself in front of men, to late night thoughts about loneliness, arranged marriages, and the possibility of true love. She speaks of her dreams of becoming a scientist, and her parents’ hopes of arranging her marriage. She ends up going for both and embracing her decisions, and her journey is a pleasure to hear.