This one's for the girls

by Jourdan Fairchild in

Don't get me wrong: I love posting about craft ideas, designs that catch my eye, and all of those light-hearted topics that add brightness to the everyday routine of life. But then I come across something that's so good, so incredibly inspiring that I want to shout about it from the rooftop of my teeny apartment building. I want to strike up a conversation on the train with random people; I want to email every woman in my life to share what I've seen. Two nights ago, I watched the most phenomenal documentary that you all. must. see. Seriously. The title is "Girl Rising," and it tells the stories of nine young girls from nine countries, written by celebrated writers from their respective counties and narrated by renowned actresses like Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you want to do something, anything to better the lives of young girls across the world. And while there are many disadvantaged girls in our own country, they, at the very least, have basic access to healthcare and education, aren't forced to marry young, and don't have to worry about bonded labor or dying during childbirth. Did you know that there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school? Or that by the time it took you to read this paragraph (about 30 seconds), 13 girls under 18 were forced into marriage? The statistics are alarming at best. But don't let them make you feel helpless, hopeless or guilty. Awareness is always the first step. I challenge you to host a screening of the film in your hometown using a really cool site called Gathr. To learn how, go here. The more people that see the film, the more the message will spread. As daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, sons, we all owe it to the girls. [display_podcast] 

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