O, The Oprah Magazine | From the October 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Dana Brooks Reinglass
Senior Associate Producer—started at Harpo in 1994.
Last December we aired "Around the World with Oprah", an insider's view of how women from various countries live. Women in 16 nations—from the Philippines and Mexico to Brazil and Kuwait—told of societies where females don't enjoy the privileges we sometimes take for granted, such as the right to vote and the freedom to choose a spouse. Since that show, I've stayed in touch with a few of the women. Recently, Zain Al-Sabah, the niece of the current ruler of Kuwait, sent me an e-mail. "Just thought I'd let you know," she wrote. "Today Kuwaiti women have finally won the right to vote!"
I'll never forget what another guest, a woman from Iceland, told me. "When Americans ask each other 'How are you?' they don't expect a real answer," she said. "In Iceland we don't ask that question unless we really want to hear." To this day, I can't ask, "How are you?" without remembering that woman's observation.