Happy International Day of the Girl! This day was first recognized in 2011, when the U.N. general assembly voted to mark October 11 as a day to honor girls and work to improve their lives.
It’s a day for sharing inspiration and spreading awareness. This year’s celebration centers on the theme “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.”
In the U.S., President Obama used International Day of the Girl as an opportunity to shed light on our work to get more girls and young women involved in male dominated fields, push for equal pay and campaigns against sexual assault on college campuses.
While Girl Power rules, this day is about more than that. It’s about amplifying global efforts to improves the lives of girls, everywhere.
Some bummer stats:
- There are 31 million school-aged girls who don’t have the opportunity to attend elementary school.
- Two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female
- More than 90 percent of teenaged girls have said they wish they could alter the way they looked.
- About 35 percent of women across the world have encountered physical or sexual violence.
- Only 4 percent of the top U.S. companies have women as their chief executive officers.
Let’s use International Day of the Girl to start a discussion about the challenges women face and to celebrate the Bad Bitches we are!
Amazing photos and empowering quotes from awesome women:
“A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” — G.D. Anderson
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” — Gloria Steinem
“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer, and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.” ― Charlotte Brontë
“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” — Mae Jemison
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai
“Who runs the world? Girls.” ― Beyoncé
“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“Girl power in my mind is to let girls be exactly what they are. Let them be angry. Let them be resentful. And rebellious. Let them be hard and soft and loving and sad and silly. Let them be wrong. Let them be right. Let them be everything, because they are everything.” — Amy Sherman-Palladino
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” — Madeleine Albright
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie