10.11.2015

#62milliongirls

62 million. 

That's the number of girls in this world that are currently not enrolled in school. Millions of young girls do not have access to an education simply because they were born a female. It's not because they don't want to be in school, but rather they are confined to the expectations their culture has placed upon them. In many countries around the world, girls are valued more for their bodies than their brains. Girls are tied down by the societal expectations that they are nothing more than a homemaker or a mother. The ability to carry a child is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of who we are as women. But we need to remember that it's just that - a part. It's certainly not all we are. In countries all over the world, women are limited by a single value. Girls are not encouraged to seek other options because they don't know what their options are. Women and girls have so much more to offer this world. Our strength, our beauty, our resilience, our creativity, our intelligence, and our integrity deserve to be valued. 

This week in RISE like a girl, the girls learned about educational privilege. As a girl in America, none of us have ever had to question whether or not we can go to school. It's a privilege many of us take for granted without ever realizing how lucky we truly are. Education is an incredibly powerful gift that opens doors to a plethora of other opportunities. Education gives women and girls the privilege of financial independence, literacy, language, and emotional & sexual health. It gives them the tools to create a life that is within their control. Education allows women to reclaim their power, rather than allowing a man to do it for them. By simply giving a girl a pencil and a book, we are telling that girl that she is so much more than a body. Instead, we're telling her that she is a heart and mind that is capable of achieving her ultimate potential. 
Malala Yousefzai said it so well: "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution." 

The girls were appalled by how many other girls in this world don't have access to the same opportunities that they have. The girls and I wanted to do our part in this movement because the only way to create change is to speak up. As educated girls, this world needs us to empower other girls to break the cycle of educational inequality. 

"In school I learned I can make it, say it,
believe it, and achieve it. #62milliongirls
don't have that chance."  
Michelle and Barack Obama launched an initiative in 2014 called Let Girls Learn that was created to support girls all over the world by giving them access to an education. More recently, Michelle Obama has started the #62milliongirls campaign in which people can join the girls education movement through social media. 

Tons of people, including celebrities, have joined in by posting a picture of themselves with the statement: 
"In school I learned __________. #62milliongirls don't have that chance." 

In order to change the world, we need to use our voice! We cannot stand by and allow injustice to happen. We want girls everywhere to have the ability to choose their own destiny. We want girls everywhere to know that they matter and what they have to say is important. So, the girls and I joined the movement as well. 


"In school I learned how to be myself
and how to make a change in my life.
#62milliongirls don't have that chance."


My school district posted a picture of me joining the #62milliongirls campaign this week too! 



Let's stand up and stand out so that girls everywhere can enjoy the same privileges that have been given to us so freely. I am so grateful for my education because it has opened the door and given me the freedom to fly. Education has given me the gift of choice. Because I'm an educated girl, I have the power to make my dreams come true and I won't stop until I get there. 
We have to speak up for the girls who can't do it for themselves. 

This week I'll be sharing the beautiful pictures of my girls taking part in the #62milliongirls campaign on the RISE like a girl Facebook and Instagram. Follow us and share the pictures with people you know so that everyone can know about the 62 million girls that need our help. Together, we can let girls learn! 

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