I 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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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!