Girl Rising for Women’s History Month

March is women’s history month, and what a history we have.  I have chosen to highlight Girl Rising for Women’s History Month even though it looks at present day challenges women face around the world.  I think this section of the book explains it best:

“We look at numbers and facts all the time without necessarily understanding how significant they are. But this number – the 62 million girls who are not in school – profoundly affects how our whole world functions.”

“Why? Because educating girls literally changes how nations behave. Educating girls changes how governments function. It changes economies and jobs. It changes the shape of healthcare. It changes how families are raised. It can change entire cultures.”

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Title: Girl RisingGirl Rising for Women's history month

Author: Tanya Lee Stone

Target: Grades 6 and up

Series: No, but there is a movie with the same title

What this book is about:

This book is based on the film of the same title and is divided into three sections. The first section looks at the stakes of not educating girls. When girls are educated economies grow, health is improved and poverty for families is abated.

The second section looks at the stories of individual girls. It profiles girls in Nepal, India and Cambodia, to name a few. Readers will see photos and learn the real life trials these girls had to endure to be able to attend school. Some were sold, others had to run away and each story will tug at the reader’s heartstrings.

The last section gives readers a way to help. It provides ideas for making a difference in the lives of these children. It also follows up on the girls profiled so you can see where they are today.

Why I love this book:

  • The gorgeous photos and real life vignettes of these girls are so powerful. It is hard not to be touched by their stories when you are staring into the eyes of these beautiful young women who have endured so much to get an education.
  • This is the kind of book that absolutely makes you appreciate the bounty with which you are blessed. Not one child will go the school the next day after reading this book and not appreciate even the most mundane class in which they have to participate.
  • Kids will be shocked that this is happening right now. When I started to tell my daughter the premise of the book, she thought I was talking about something that happened a long time ago. The fact that these girls are enduring this suffering and lack of education TODAY will absolutely floor your child.

Who this book is for:

This is a great book for all kids. If you have an activist, this book should particularly motivate them. It is extremely well laid out. Statistics are diagramed and the girls’ experiences are filled with relevant pictures.

Final thoughts:

I loved the message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu about the role men play in this plight. He says “We men have to be bold, to speak the truth and stand up for the rights of girls and women to equality, dignity and the rights we all share.”

To purchase this book:

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