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Girls' Empowerment

Why Letting Girls Learn Matters

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

We loved our students. They worked hard; they were motivated; they found such joy in learning. But the odds were stacked against them.

How Football Taught These 12-Year-Olds What it Means to be a Girl

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

"Give me your definition of what it means to be a girl?" That is the question photographer Kate Parker asked 13-year-old Callen Swiegart between her football game and cotillion class.

Laughing, Dancing and Learning with Swazi Girls

Blythe Terrell | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Blythe Terrell

I served as a community health volunteer in Swaziland from 2012 to 2014, finishing in August. I had my share of long, dull days, and I had a few extremely busy ones. But much of my time went to a girls-empowerment program.

Never Too Young to Affect Change!

Vivian Onano | Posted 02.24.2015 | Education
Vivian Onano

Recently, I was amazed to receive an invitation from a 13 year old boy to speak at his fundraiser. This brilliant young boy, Max Byrant, decided to organize a local event in his community to raise awareness on Girls Education globally.

Pathways to Power for Girls Worldwide

Jennifer Buffett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Buffett

We've seen what is most difficult to measure and most fundamental to change: the power a girl holds within herself. That power burns bright in amazingly brave girls as they challenge convention and open whole new horizons of change.

Because #YesAllWomen Will Not Be Enough

Bernadette Lim | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Bernadette Lim

As a millennial, I worry that the hashtag is becoming not only the preferred form of social protest, but the only form of social activism and social justice of our generation.

Sheryl Sandberg Embraced 'the Bossy': Shouldn't Our Girls?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
Joanne Bamberger

Being called bossy is no fun. And I'm all for people not using the word "bossy" as negative shorthand for girls trying to flex their burgeoning leadership skills. But as one friend mentioned to me, maybe a better approach is teaching our girls to "stand up," rather than making them believe we can change the behavior of others.

#BanBossy... LOVE IT!

Keisha Sutton-James | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Keisha Sutton-James

I see it as my job as mom to help my girls be who they naturally are and to live out their lives, not those that "they" have prescribed are acceptable for her. I see it as part of my job as a media professional to help girls see positive images of themselves and to help young women become more of what they want to be.

We Need Universal Access to Education for All Girls

Kiana Knolland | Posted 05.12.2014 | College
Kiana Knolland

Education is the key for young girls all over the world to grow up and do great things. In the words of Alice Walker, "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don't have any."

Girls and Young Women Inspiring Change

Victoria Dunning | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

From Cairo to Kiev, from Washington to Juba, women have been at the forefront of changing history. Like so many others, we celebrate International Women's Day, but we do so with an eye toward the women of the future.

Girls Impact the World

Bernadette Lim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bernadette Lim

It's time for us to emphasize a new message throughout history. It's time for history to finally value and recognize the meaning of sisterhood. It's time to declare once and for all that women and girls together can and do impact the world.

Girls Are Changing The World!

Julia Wiklander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Julia Wiklander

The International Day of the Girl is important. This is not another cause to celebrate for one day. Instead it is to recognize the need for investing in girls and raising their voices around the world. We need, grassroots movements, resources and political will to make this change a reality.

How to Afford a Quality College Education for Your Daughter

Diane Propsner | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Diane Propsner

If you're a parent with a college-bound daughter, I know you're thinking about the cost of her education. On one hand, you're so proud of her; on the ...

The Girl Who Spoke to Flowers: The Stories and Dreams of Afghan Girl Writers

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.02.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

"Sometimes I talk with flowers And I know they hear me. Most people don't know That flowers can hear us. Flowers are always quiet Because they are lis...

The Global Girl Tipping Point

Jensine Larsen | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Jensine Larsen

Behind the statistics, girls worldwide are using digital media to speak their minds and bare their souls. The force of their voices are staggering -- the reality of their untapped potential for global leadership impossible to ignore.

What Boys Hear

Adrienne Becker | Posted 09.14.2013 | Media
Adrienne Becker

What boys hear does make a difference, and those of us in the media have an obligation to remember this as we create films, television shows, web series and all formats of popular culture.

Education for Girls: Why Are We Still Talking About This?

Tracy Middendorf | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Tracy Middendorf

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgEducation is a pretty basic right. If we can't make sure it's available to everyone, we're not doing so well.

Changing the Course for Child Brides in Ethiopia

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Gillian Gaynair Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn't remember ...

For the 'Faiths' of Kenya: An Avenue

Augusta Thomson | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Augusta Thomson

Walking through the streets of New York I am always astonished by the diversity of what I see, smell, taste, touch, and hear. In this country of everything, the colors run wild.

On Her Own Two Feet: Providing Girls in India With Hope - and Job Skills - for a Better Future

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Like typical teenagers growing up in a big city, Priya and Talat are on a regular basis exposed to tantalizing possibility and...

Beyond the Classroom: Girls' Education Is Critical to Ending Child Marriage But It Is Not Enough

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

Once again, I recently returned to my home base in Washington, DC after spending several weeks in Ethiopia's deeply poor, yet breathtaking, Amhara region. And once again I was inspired by the sheer enthusiasm and thirst for opportunity among an often forgotten group: child brides.

Breaking the Cycle of Child Marriage in India

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgICRW's Turning Point Campaign aims to draw attention to adolescence, when girls in particular are at a heightened risk of dropping out of school and child marriage.

My Hope for 2030: A World Without Child Marriage

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Impatient Optimists

The harmful effects of child marriage are not limited to the girls themselves. When a girl is married, she is deprived of the opportunities -- educational, social and economic -- that would allow her to help lift her family and her community out of poverty.

Taking Title IX Global -- On the Court and In Life

Ann Stock | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Ann Stock

Today, in every region of the world, we are working to engage, inspire, and empower women and girls through sports. Not because it's the right thing to do -- although it is -- but because it is the smart thing to do.

The Business of Hope

Susan Davis | Posted 12.12.2012 | Impact
Susan Davis

As it turns out, hope can be a powerful force for anyone, anywhere -- the law school student in America, the woman in Bangladesh struggling with extreme poverty, and the girl in Pakistan who just wants to go to school.