14 Little Girls Explain How They WILL Change the World

Jeanne Sager | Oct 11, 2013 Being a Mom

IndiaI don't spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to be raising a daughter, not nearly as much time as I probably should. I'm too caught up in the day to day of working and parenting a little girl. But today, today is a day for every parent of a little girl to take notice of her. Today, although your calendar might not have mentioned it, is the International Day of the Girl Child.

That's right. It's not a holiday dedicated to some old guy who has been dead for a hundred years or more. We have enough of those kind of holidays, so many that it can be a little disheartening for a little girl. What about them? What about the females who are changing the world every day, bit by bit?

They may only have gotten their own "day" two years ago when the United Nations created the first Day of the Girl, but they're here. They're there. They're everywhere.

And so we asked them -- the real girls of America -- what it is that girls, girls just like them, can do to change the world.

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Here's what they had to say when we asked, "Why can GIRLS change the world?"

Which answer is your favorite? Have you asked your daughter?


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  • Isabella, Age 10


    Because I think that there were so many years when people thought that girls weren't as good as boys. For so many years no one really thought about girls, but now we have equal rights, so we can show boys what we can do. In social studies class we learned about how girls weren't allowed to work or get a good education, and all the boys were like, "Yes!" And I thought ... how about a knuckle sandwich?! And the teacher said, "Think about your mom -- she was a girl." And the boys thought about it and said, "Oh yeah ... I guess so!"

    Girls are just as good as boys -- girls have so many talents and can do so many things that boys can't! For example, they can be much more flexible and they're a good influence! And they're the ones who make everybody ... without us nothing would happen!

  • Pippi, Age 4


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    Because they can be superheroes to save the city. All cities. I was the leader at fire drill at school. And because we have hair clips.

  • Hannah, Age 7


    Girls can change the world by designing clothes.

  • Lila Claire, Age 5


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    Because they're smart and strong. They're also pretty and brave. And, oh, we are fancy.

  • Clara -- Age 5


    Because they're more respectful than boys sometimes. And also, around school, they're better -- and they're neater. And girls are respectful of the environment. And they do not go crazy. At school, all the boys go crazy -- but the girls don't.

  • Charlotte, Age 12


    I don't even get why that's a question ... why CAN'T girls change the world? Girls can do anything boys can do. Usually better.

  • India, Age 8


    In my class more girls than boys are interested in science, so I think a female scientist would be more likely to invent a microchip that could be implanted in people, which would make them more smart so they'd figure out ways to not contaminate and pollute the earth and atmosphere and save all the animals.

  • McKinley, Age 13


    We can stop judging people for the way they choose to change their bodies be it gender or body modifications. If we are more accepting, the world is better and people will not miss job opportunities because of these choices.

  • Madelyn, Age 4


    Sometimes girls want to be princesses, and princesses have wands, and wands change stuff.

  • Jillian, Age 8


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    Because girls are better than boys [eyeroll].

    We are tougher, and we work together. And I want to be president to change all the rules that are wrong.

  • Tori and Juli, Ages 8 and 5


    Girls can give the world love ... You know how girls can kiss boys? That's why I said love. -- Juli

    They can make everyone nice and happy and no one would be poor and sad. -- Tori

  • Nicole, Age 8


    Girls can recycle more, and everyone needs a pet monkey.

  • Bella, Age 8


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    By giving the poor people sleeping on the streets food and clothes and by being respectful to friends because if they are a bully and you are respectful to them, then they will stop being the way they are!

  • Isabel, Age 12


    Girls can change the world by showing society that they can play any sport or have any career (even traditionally male ones) that they choose. They can do anything they put their minds to and don't have to care what others think.

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