Happy International Day of the Girl
Ya’ll… let’s be real here. The fact that today even exists is pretty amazing. Let’s gracefully show the world why we deserve a day to celebrate girls, advocate for our rights, and celebrate our victories. Any chance I get to celebrate the victories of a girl/woman, I am happy to do so. Just this weekend, I had the pleasure to be a passenger on 2 flights where the captain was a lady. Not 1, but 2. That’s pretty awesome.
Thank you to the women who were here before us because, without you, that may not have been possible. I hope the girls in 2017 are making you proud.
What you need to know:
In 2011, the UN deemed October 11th International Day of the Girl.
October 11th is a day where we highlight girl’s and their worth, how we are a huge value to society, and why we should be doing more.
We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes. – Day of the Girl Org
Where we have come from:
It’s 2017, and there are approximately 1.1 billion girls in the world, yet having a girl mindset is still seen as a disadvantage.
Today is not just a day where we talk about the limits we are still facing because let’s be honest… We have already come so far!
In America, and some around the world:
- We CAN vote and let our voices be heard. (Fact checking.)
- We CAN seek higher education in ANY field.
- We CAN be the CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies. (Just look at these women.)
- We CAN run for office AND be elected. (Check out these winners.)
- We CAN grow tiny humans in our bodies. (just sayin…)
- We CAN work in a male-dominated field.
- We CAN be the change that our world needs.
Where we can go:
I always like to highlight the victories before sharing the room for growth. It gives us the motivation we need to continue changing the world around us. We have come so far, yet we still have just as far to go!
- Make education available to ALL girls: More than 62 million girls around the world are not in school. – Plan International
- Make health care available to ALL girls: Across the globe, adolescent girls and young women have a significantly higher risk of HIV infection than their male counterparts, with HIV prevalence almost seven times higher in some parts of the world. – ViiV Healthcare
- Make equal pay for equal jobs. American women who work full time, year-round are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. National Women’s Law Center
- Make maternal health care relevant and better: Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. World Health Organization
- Make violence against women STOP: 1 in 3 women across the world experiencing violence. 38% of all murdered women are killed by their partner. WomanKind Org
How you can participate:
There are about a million and one ways that you can get involved and start making a difference in your community right now. The world is filled with female volunteers who are making change happen in our society. Let’s keep doing that.
STOP doing this. START doing that.
- Stop telling little girls they are pretty. They don’t need that. Everyone else can tell them that.
- Start telling them they are smart, they are worthy, they are enough, they can change the world.
- Stop trying to be Maya Angelou, and show the world why they need YOU. She’s great, but we already have one of her.
- Start being yourself. We need YOU to be what YOU were designed to be.
- Stop just making noise. We have enough protestors and activists who are shouting and making noise.
- Start making progress. We need YOU to stop asking politicians for permission and to become the politicians who make decisions.
- Stop being sugar. They say that girls are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice… But that doesn’t mean you have to be a doormat.
- Start being spice. Speak truth into every experience you have. Use your voice to better the world. Don’t just repeat, be Pete.
- Stop backing down. We weren’t designed to step down when things get difficult.
- Start stepping up. You want the job. Get the job. Create the job. Make them want your job.
- Stop accepting NO for an answer. We live in a world where a female’s NO is not heard, but a male’s NO is a final answer. This will only change when we make our NO heard.
- Start being the first woman who… My grandmother was the first woman to become a police officer in the Town of Four Oaks. Her legacy is irreplaceable. She will forever be a woman who was respected by both men and women as she worked in a field completely dominated by men during her time.
Today, we celebrate GIRLS, not women but girls. Our little girls are strong because we tell them they are. They are the future because we create opportunities for them. The world that we grew up in is better as a result of the women who fought for our rights. Now it’s our turn to make it even better for the next generation of girls. Will you stand with me?
– the Wife
These are just a few of the women in my life who are doing AMAZING things despite what society says they are capable of as women. They are LEADERS.