Pay Attention to the Girls

Last year, I was fortunate enough to participate in a blogging campaign for The Girl Effect through an opportunity presented by one of my online coaching heroes, Tara Sophia Mohr. The annual blogging campaign (500+ bloggers) brings attention to the sobering stats of what happens to young girls in the developing world without intervention. Forced marriages right after puberty. A lifetime of poverty and an inability to take care of their family. By writing about these issues, we can start a conversation that creates a ripple effect which will eventually reach those who can make change on a systemic basis.

The Girl Effect has proposed that if we laser focus on investing in young women- before the age of 12- through education and entrepreneurship, we can make a large scale impact on the economy of third-world countries. The Kauffman Foundation for entrepreneurship recently found that women are the key to economic prosperity here in the U.S., too. If you pay more attention to little girls and young women in the world, things can really start to change for all of us. This video will explain and inspire.

The Opportunities Project doesn’t have an international reach, but we were started because I became passionate about the issues around economic inequality and access, and in particular how these issues impact still impact Generation Y women. The Girl Effect does a fantastic job of showing the impact of what happens when we don’t pay attention. What can you do to start?

Thanks to my colleagues and friends Tanisha Christie, Dana Leavy, and Michelle Ward who took me up on my invitation to join this year’s campaign. Please read their posts when you get a chance.

3 Responses to “Pay Attention to the Girls”

  1. Jezebel Bendre October 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Although you say you don’t have an international reach, you touch more than enough people to educate others about this important movement. 

  2. Jezebel Bendre October 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    So, it’s awesome you’re participating in this movement :-)

  3. Tracy Brisson October 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Thanks for your comment, Jezebel! I do think it’s an incredibly important movement and organization.