How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
Girls are the future.
Seriously. They’re the future leaders, mothers, artists, teachers, doctors and innovators. Girls are the future women who will shape the planet.
Think this is an overstatement? Think about it. Actually that’s similar to our philosophy at Girlfriendology. Based on our research (from “The Tending Instinct,” by Shelley E. Taylor), men look to women for tending (care taking), children look to women for tending, and women look to women for tending. So, if we take care of the women, we take care of the community. (And, we believe we take care of women through encouraging female friendship which makes women healthier, happier, live longer, less stressed and even feel more beautiful.)
The Girl Effect takes it much further, in a wonderful way. Think about their beliefs:
Adolescent girls are uniquely capable of raising the standard of living the developing world. Girls are the most likely agents of change, but they are often invisible to their societies and to our media.
When everyone – girls, parents, teachers, executives, artists, hairdressers, forest rangers, rock stars, presidents, investors, advertisers, skateboarders, truckers, cowboys, organizations, chefs, teenagers – knows about The Girl Effect, then real change can happen. The Girl Effect is just the beginning. The end is nothing less than ending poverty. Info@girleffect.org
What can we girlfriends do to assure the future of the planet and our children’s children? Be aware. Invest in organizations like The Girl Effect. We can start now by listening, inspiring, protesting, investing in, cheering on and paying the way for change and for girls to make that change.
Here are more facts from The Girl Effect:
What happens when a girl gets a chance?
- When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later, and has 2.2 fewer children.
- Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children.
- When girls and women ear income, the reinvest 90% of it into their families, as compared with only 30-40% for a man.
- An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ future wages by 10-20%.
- An extra year of secondary school boosts girl’s future wages by 15-25%.
… And what happens when she doesn’t?
- 70% of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth are girls.
- One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15, 38% marry before age 18.
- 25-50% of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18.
- Pregnancy is the leading cause of death among girls 15-19 worldwide.
- 75% of HIV-infected youth in Africa are girls.
So, girlfriends. How can we better take care of our girls? Local? International? Specifically and in general? How can we affect girls in a way that will change their world and improve the world?
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