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The state of the girl

Women make up half of the world’s population and yet represent 70 percent of the world’s poor. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, but earn only ten percent of the world’s income and own less than one percent of the world’s property. Girls born into poverty are subject to abandonment and left to die through the practice of female infanticide. As youngsters, […]

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Shelby Mahogany Wilson

Shelby Wilson | Real Women Have Tattoos

Real women wear their tattoos below the surface of the skin Permanently painted on by tragedy Shuffling around the pain of love’s despair Etched in the foundation of their experiences Marks imprinted on the soul   Real woman conceal their tattoos among the pain Riding the edges of their memories Only to peer out when being attacked Or when left in a vulnerable state Cracked, faded by the clock of […]

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Jane Muigai

Jane Wanjiru Muigai | Our sisterhood is global

I first learned of Jane Wanjiru Muigai Kamphuis watching the HBO documentary, A Small Act. The film told the story of Chris Mburu—Jane’s cousin—whose primary education in a rural village in Kenya was sponsored by a woman he’d never met in Sweden. Both Jane and Mburu grew up to become Harvard-educated human rights lawyers, and one day, Mburu got the idea for the two of them to start their own […]

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February MOON Shine | GRRL rising

“Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities, but the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned. If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.”  ― Greg Mortenson “The most […]

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