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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 201813min2712

Saira Rao says she decided to stop practicing law at a New York firm and start a publishing company devoted to children’s fiction featuring diverse characters when she was watching cartoons with her daughter Lila one day about six years ago. “I saw the utter lack of diversity, and that’s when I switched gears to do something about it. I’m very familiar with institutional naysayers. When you’re a woman of color, that’s every day,” she says.