Rise of the Wahine is the mostly untold story of a group of women from Hawai`i who battled and overcame women’s inequality issues in the 1970's – a time of great social change for women. The film chronicles events leading up to and after the passing of Title IX and is centered on the formation of the first female volleyball team at the University of Hawai`i in Honolulu, where Callies grew up.
A strong advocate for refugees worldwide, Callies works with the International Rescue Committee to help empower impoverished women and mothers so they and their daughters can have opportunities beyond their circumstances.
We're incredibly honored to have Sarah as part of our film. As her advocacy work suggests, she has a big heart for the next generation of women. Similarly, Rise of the Wahine celebrates a group of underdogs who were significant in unlocking opportunities for female athletes across the nation.