The Girl Effect

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Posted July 18, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

We’ve all heard the famous Brigham Young quote, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” When you take that one step further, it’s not just about women….it’s about girls. Educating women is one thing, but real education and real change starts with children. And a phenomenal movement in women’s rights believes, as the image above states, that change starts with a girl.

The Girl Effect is a movement. It’s about the unique and indisputable potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world. It was created by people at the Nike Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the United Nations Foundation and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, but it’s about you using your voice, your talents, and your community to help girls help themselves—and, as a result, everybody else. It’s about giving you the tools and the network you need to spread the word about what girls can do and, with a little elbow grease, change the world. They believe:

If you want to end poverty and help the developing world, the best thing you can do is invest time, energy, and funding into adolescent girls. It’s called the Girl Effect, because girls are uniquely capable of investing in their communities and making the world better.

Go now to www.thegirleffect.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and think about giving to their cause, money that will be spread among many nonprofit organizations that support the empowerment of girls worldwide.

More movements like these need to exist to show us all that girls can and do change the world.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."

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