What Our Favorite Celebs Are Saying on International Day of the Girl Child

Oct 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Hota Kotb, Michelle Obama and Savannah Guthrie Celebrate International Day of the Girl on NBC's 'TODAY'
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In 2011, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 International Day of the Girl Child, and the reasoning behind their decision was simple. According to the event's website, International Day of the Girl Child was established “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

More: 5 Things You Can Do to Honor International Day of the Girl Child With Your Kids

But it isn't just the U.N. acknowledging this holiday. For the last several years, writers, journalists, politicians and celebrities have taken time to speak out about Day of the Girl Child, and this year is no different. Today, celebrities like Michelle Obama, John Legend, Savannah Guthrie and Jennifer Lopez hopped onto social media to share empowering messages centered on the idea that women of all ages matter and deserve our support. 

1. Melinda Gates

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Melinda Gates joined friends Zari and Raya on Sesame Street to talk about the amazing qualities all girls have.

2. Pharrell Williams

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Rapper Pharrell Williams used #DayoftheGirl to thank women for being exactly who they are.

3. Gillian Anderson

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The X-Files star reminded everyone that today is about women being seen and heard. Finally.

4. Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman

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Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman took a few moments out of their day to share a special song, which was filmed by their own daughters, Sunday and Faith.

5. Emma Watson

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Emma Watson used International Day of the Girl Child to promote Frida: The Young Feminist Fund, an organization that focuses on supporting young female activists.

6. Michelle Obama

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Former first lady Michelle Obama took a moment out of her day to talk about the disproportionate number of young girls not in school and to promote the Obama Foundation's new initiative, the Global Girls Alliance — a program dedicated to empowering "adolescent girls around the world through education."

7. Savannah Guthrie

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The Today cohost shared a special moment with her daughter, Vale, and former first lady Michelle Obama during Today's celebration of International Day of the Girl Child.

8. John Legend

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Much like the first lady, John Legend also used #DayoftheGirl to speak out about the Global Girls Alliance.

9. Madeleine Albright

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Former Secretary of the State Madeleine Albright used International Day of the Girl Child to address how poverty affects young women, specifically young girls.

10. Jennifer Hudson

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During her appearance on Today's special celebration for International Day of the Girl Child, special guest Jennifer Hudson shared on Instagram that women can achieve their dreams if they hold onto them.

11. David Beckham

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Soccer star David Beckham joined Michelle Obama and John Legend in their fight for educational equality.

12. Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez also spoke about the importance of education and the Global Girls Alliance.

13. Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde took a moment out of her day to thank her daughter, teacher and best friend, Daisy Jo — and to wish her a Happy Birthday.

14. Justin Trudeau

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Justin Trudeau posted an adorable photo of his daughter sitting with her feet up on Dad's desk.

15. Amy Schumer

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And comedian Amy Schumer honored her dear friend, @jarielys_goodman, who she says,"[I]nspires me to enjoy every second and fight for what I believe in!"

While these messages are important, sentimental and great, it is imperative we honor girls — and women — not just today but every day. It is the only way things will change.

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