I believe in education and the power that education gives us, individually and collectively. And I believe in education in all it’s forms. The education that comes from sitting in a classroom with classmates and teacher, whether that is at public schools or homeschools, private or charter. Education that comes from reading reading reading. Education that comes from living life and that we learn from each other. Education that comes from quiet observations and still moments.
I believe in education.
And I am going to try to teach these little girls who are mine that they gain power through learning and thinking. They will have the opportunity to go to libraries and read the books we have in our home, to go to college and learn learn learn. And I want them to teach their children who will teach their children and on and on and on.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the same opportunities. Some because of money or time but some because they are simply not allowed.
Girl Rising tells the story of nine girls from nine different countries written by nine different writers and told by nine actresses. It tells the story of the hope that comes through educating girls and women and the determination to have opportunites to learn. Meryl Streep describes it beautifully:
“This film gives visual corroboration to knowledge we already have: Educating women and girls has the most optimistic, positive effects on families, communities, and economies worldwide. If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measureable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future.”
We, especially women, can and should support and lift one another and I think that also includes our sisters all around the world. And really, the first step is learning more about it and being inspired to do more.
Girl Rising is being screened at the Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City THIS THURSDAY!
You should go. Grab your sisters and friends and go be inspired.
(Then tell me about it because I cannot go and it is killing me a little. But I will just watch the trailer over and over and over.)