The Girl Effect

When I was 11, I was in sixth grade. The last thing on my mind was a husband or whether or not I would be allowed to go to school. I was probably frustrated because I wanted a pair of Guess jeans so I could be one of the “cool kids.” I took for granted the education I was getting. I was blissfully unaware of the alternatives.

Last year, my youngest sister, Sonja, lived and taught in Ethiopia. She came home a little different for it. I remember her talking about how she had taken so many things for granted before her time in Ethiopia. She ended up helping many of her students to pay for their exams so that they could continue their education. She showed me photos of the orphans she held, the children she made friends with, the broken and the beautiful people she loved. My heart cracked wide open.

I believe in the power of women. I believe in the power of girls. I believe that, like my sister, girls can grow up to be women who make a difference in their families, in their communities, and in the world.

What if we gave more girls that chance?

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