“Girl Rising” Makes the Case for Worldwide Girls’ Education

Picture 5Only 30 percent of the girls in the world attend secondary school. In developing countries, one in seven girls is married off before age 15, and worldwide girls as young as 11 are forced to work as prostitutes.

These harrowing numbers are what drove director Richard Robbins and a team of former ABC News journalists to create Girl Rising, an independent film showcasing the global benefits of educating girls. The umbrella for the film and its social campaign is 10×10, a nonprofit devoted to educating girls worldwide in countries where girl power is sometimes woefully overlooked, including areas in South America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The film follows the lives of nine girls from developing countries, explaining how better access to education would transform their lives. The film pushes  a conversation that seems all the more critical after the shooting of 15-year-old education activist Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban last year.

Girl Rising will have its nationwide release on March 8, International Women’s Day, and then after the premiere people across the country will have the opportunity to host screenings in their communities. Watch the powerful trailer, and then go to the 10×10 website for more information on how to submit a screening request. This film should be required watching for anyone who ponders on the role of girls in this century.

And if supporting girls’ endeavors isn’t enough to draw your attention, Girl Rising also has a woman-powered all-star narration crew that includes Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington.

Screenshot from Girl Rising.


  1. Malala was born in 1997 – she’s 15, not 9. Also – International Women’s Day is on March 8, not March 6.

    Fact checking!?

  2. Wendy Fowlie says:

    Thrilling! A movement which can not be stopped.

  3. If you are in NYC and haven’t reserved tickets for a screening yet, be sure to do so soon! This screening is planned for March 7, looks to be a great evening! http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/a-night-at-the-movies-wysk-to-host-screening-of-girl-rising/

  4. On Long Island, Women’s Fund of Long Island is trying to get enough supporters to bring the movie to Westbury Stadium 12 on April 17th. Here is the link for anyone who would like to attend and reserve a ticket: http://gathr.us/screening/1183

    We need 100 people to reserve their ticket before April 11th. Thanks!

  5. Please stop the child marriage, specially you find in India, at the age of 10 year old child get married. These are main reason why girls stay out from schools.

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