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What We’re Reading - "Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time"

March 8, 2017 2 minute Read by Shannon Bradford
What began as an inspirational film and a global movement has culminated in a powerful book just in time for Women’s History Month

Predicated on the idea that one girl with courage is a revolution, Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time, by Tanya Lee Stone, explores the stories of more than 30 girls from around the world who are overcoming barriers to their education.

As Hoda, an Egyptian girl featured in the book, says, “[w]hen I saw other children with books in their hands on their way to school, I felt a fire inside me.” In demonstrating the value of women’s empowerment, Stone reveals how investments in a girl’s education foster more prosperous lives for women and their wider communities.

When I saw other children with books in their hands on their way to school, I felt a fire inside me. 

 Holly Gordon, executive producer and co-founder of Girl Rising, stands as a staunch advocate for girls’ education. A mentor with the Women’s Initiative Fellowship in 2014 and a Presidential Leadership Scholar in 2015, Holly also spoke at the 2015 Global Women’s Network.

The Bush Center sat down with Holly on International Women’s Day two years ago to talk about her important work, which you can read here.


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Shannon Bradford
Shannon Bradford

As an associate of Global Initiatives, Shannon Bradford aids the work of the Human Freedom Initiative and Women’s Initiative through research, implementation, and logistical support. Her areas of focus include the Women’s Initiative Fellowship, Liberty and Leadership Forum, and the First Ladies Initiative. 

Prior to joining the George W. Bush Institute in November 2015, Shannon provided communications, media, and marketing support to Amal Women’s Training Center in Marrakech, Morocco, an organization dedicated to job and life skills training for disadvantaged Moroccan women.

A native of Coppell, Texas, Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a two-time recipient of the Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship through which she spent nine months in North Africa. Shannon is a proud alumna of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. 

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