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What We’re Reading - "Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time"
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.
Online Freelance: An Unexplored Opportunity for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Bush Institute WE Lead Scholar Hana Elghoul shares how her organization empowers women from Tunisia, and throughout the MENA region, with the necessary tools to find online freelance job opportunities.
Why WE Lead: The Day Mrs. Laura Bush Visited Us in Amman
WE Lead Scholar Ruba Rihani writes about a recent visit by President and Mrs. Bush to her nonprofit organization in Amman, Jordan that provides leadership and vocational training to Jordanian women and Syrian refugees.
A Dad’s Perspective on Empowering Girls
Fighting for women's empowerment shouldn’t be a woman’s struggle alone. Support from male allies is needed, and that support begins with dads and father figures.