As a little girl, I loved books. I read everything, everywhere.
My love for reading led to my love for learning, which led to my love for achievement, community service, and the quest for social advocacy. From a very young age, I was taught that being smart was more important than being pretty, and that school should be my top priority. As a result, I deeply valued my education and craved knowledge.
But I am one of the lucky ones.
Many of us are blessed with the privilege of growing up with a good education, the opportunity to go to college, and parents who encouraged our schooling. Unfortunately, not every girl is as lucky. All around the world, girls fight for their right to an education. Last year, we watched Malala Yousafzai get shot in the head and neck because of her commitment to this cause. And everywhere, hundreds of girls crave books and pens and and classrooms and mentors. Most of all, they crave the opportunity to make something of themselves.
It is our duty to help them. Here are a few ways you can take action:
1.) Attend or host a screening of Girls Rising, a film that showcases the strength of the girl and the power of education to change the world. Through this screening, you can also fundraise to help the 10x10 campaign allocate funds to girls and education.
2.) Give girls books! When giving a girl a present, gift her with books that will bring out her courage and her dreams. Here is a list of books for that instill empowerment for girls, curated by BlogHer's own Amy Bizzani.
3.) Start a Girls Literacy Club in your hometown with the LitWorld organization. LitWorld will give and train you on the Girls Club curriculum so you can serve the young women in your community.
4.) Join me in launching the Glamourbaby Diaries, a writing and leadership program that I created to nurture young Asian American women leaders using fashion and style as a lens to talk about social issues. You can write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
5.) Praise the girls and women in your life not because of their looks, but because of their mind and the strength of their character. We need more women who know and believe in what they have inside of them. Once the inside is right, the outside will fall into place. And the world will inevitably be better.
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