Storytelling, like sport and leadership, is something learned. The ability lives within every girl, many of whom come from communities rich in storytelling traditions. And, like all skills, storytelling excellence can be taught, honed and practiced.
In villages where the elder (always a man) dictates everything from what you wear to whom you marry to when you speak, how do these educated, smart girls choose to become a pediatrician who never marries and likes stilettos over saris?
According to the UN, there are 600 million adolescent girls around the world who live in poverty, are unable to complete school or see a doctor when they need one, and are victims of violence and exploitation. But they don't have to be.