WATCH: Girl Rising and Be Inspired

Jill Holtz

January 21, 2015

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We think anything that empowers and helps to achieve educational equity for girls around the world deserves applause. Take a look at the critically acclaimed Girl Rising, it will inspire you: 

This critically acclaimed film spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.

Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in their own style, and all with profound resonance.

Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington.

These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers.


Girl Rising is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world. You can find out more at

You might also like Laputo Nyongo’s speech about girls and beauty and new Goldie blox video smashes gender norms.

What was your response to the film Girl Rising? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Published On: January 21st, 2015 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: August 7th, 2019 /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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