Today is the International Day of the Girl

Not a female? Keep reading.

Don’t have a daughter? Keep reading.

Your children are grown? Keep reading.


In this day and age, it is incredibly important to invest in our children as a whole, but it is vitally important to invest in our girls.

What is the International Day of the Girl?

The International Day of the Girl was established to recognize the unique girls face when it comes to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.

Don’t believe this is an issue today?

Just this week, 14 year old Malala Yousufzai was tracked down by the Taliban and shot as she returned from school. Why? Because she spoke out against education inequality.

Still not making a connection?

What about the fact that 71% of high school girls are not happy with themselves, or that between 50 and 70% of girls of normal weight believe they are overweight?

Or, the fact that there are actual, dead-serious articles on the internet on ways to act stupid so boys will like you?

Or, the fact that women still earn less than mean {approximately 20%}?

I could go on and on.

Raising a Confident Girl

I’m not here to debate whether women have it worse than men, or vice versa.

I firmly believe that our society continues to look at women as a whole as objects.  We are supposed to be good wives, good mothers, and serve others.

We’re supposed to do it with a smile on our face, and we’re supposed to do it all.

We shouldn’t complain, because that would mean we were ungrateful for all the service we are allowed to give.

I see it every day.  Magazine ads.  Music videos.  The way the female news anchor is dressed.  The unbelievably strong good ol’ boy system still present here in the South.

The fact that girls think they’re not pretty without makeup on.  At nine.

The fact that all girls can think about by 3rd grade is having a boyfriend.

Today I am imploring everyone: please build up the girls in your life.

Teach them that it’s OK to be smart.  Teach them that it’s OK to have a career.

It’s OK to decide to stay home and be a great mother.  To love math and science.  To not want to settle down and get married.  To have lots of children.

To not feel the need to get married.  To be President.  To own a restaurant.  To get your hands dirty.

To demand respect and equal opportunity.  To have equal access to opportunities.

Don’t just praise your daughters for their pretty curls.  Praise them for their wicked awesome bicycle kick.  Praise them for their imagination.  Their compassion.  Their empathy.  Their brilliance.

Don’t wait till it’s too late.  Don’t wait till she is more concerned with her dress size than her education.

Don’t wait.