Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stand Up For Girls!


Lit Word: Stand Up For Girls
My friends over at Teach Mentor Texts posted on Tuesday about Stand Up For Girls Day, which they are celebrating Thursday, October 11th along with Lit World and the International Day of the Girl. While I believe that we should stand up for the rights of girls across the world every day, I'm glad to take a few minutes out of my day to focus on this important topic today.

I've written about the importance of making sure girls have strong role models in the books they read and in the world around them. How can a girl see herself as a scientist, engineer, or astronaut unless she sees other women pursuing these careers? How can a girl learn to be proud of who she is when the books she reads show girls as second rate citizens? Boys need these examples too, so that they can become part of the solution by believing the girls around them are just as strong as they are. Thankfully, there are so many examples today of girls being fierce, fearless, and free in wonderfully written literature.

Yet there is another piece that has to happen even before a girl can dream these dreams. She must be educated. Too many girls across the world are illiterate. Too many girls cannot dream their dreams, because they cannot read. Too many girls are told they are not ALLOWED to read - to learn. Our world needs every single citizen of the Earth to become the best they can be. To do that, they must be able to read.

Not too many days ago Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl who has been blogging about the Taliban's ban on educating girls since she was 11, was shot in the head. Apparently, they hope this serves "as a warning" to other children. (Read more at Time World.) This is the reality many girls and young women face today. It is unacceptable, and the entire planet should hear our shouts of rage. 

Take a moment and visit the Stand Up for Girls blog - and see how others are celebrating this day. 


Then?

"tell 10 people about this empowering campaign. Ask them to tell 10 more people. You can add the hashtag #standup4girls to your posts on Facebook and Twitter and help spread this worthy movement far and wide." 
Read for more details: http://www.teachmentortexts.com/#ixzz28w0SVaoM  


Thanks, Jen and Kellee. I'm on board with this mission today - and every day.


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