14 Little Girls Explain How They WILL Change the World

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?


Image via Shannon Rosa

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the4m... the4mutts

Okay, I have 2 girls, and 2 boys.

And Im not trying to shit on anyone's parade here, but I think a LOT of these things said by girls ages 10 and under, were put into their heads by someone. I dont know a single 5 year old that talks about who is more "respectful". Who is more nice, or fun, or shares well maybe, but respectful? Sounds pretty rehearsed.

I asked my girls before school this morning how they would help change the world. Here's what they said

7: "By smacking the boys around. They annoy me. They shouldnt act so squirrely all the time. Go smack Van!" (Van is my 10 yr old son)

5: "By painting everything pretty colors to make people happy, and giving them yummy snacks, and not pushing them off the swing like that boy did to me, and where is my backpack mom?"

My 10yr old son wanted to weigh in, and he said: "Girls should try liking more fun things. Its hard to like girls who dont like Pokemon and video games. They should try being more fun."

So yeah, forgive me if I sound poopy about some of the responses made in the slideshow, but my kids are all in the tops of their classes, very social, and express themselves openly. I dont see how some of those replies came from girls of those age groups.

daisy... daisysrdeadly

Well maybe your children have limited vocabulary. My 7 year old struggles in school but she has a high to advanced vocabulary. She uses all the words used in the explanations plus more. Her writing at school always has advanced vocab. It is about the way you speak around and to your children. All of these answers sounded well within the range of the childrens ages. Just because your kids fit in the box at school doesn't make them smarter than everyone else, nor does it mean other children cannot have different ideas or abilities.

lulou lulou

Last night I told my 8 year old we needed to go to Costco for class snacks - and he said - "why dont you just order them from Amazon"  I was so proud :)

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

What a bunch of awesome little girls.

And 4mutts, tell your little ones lots of girls like things like that. I should know, I'm one of them :)

nonmember avatar Kellie

@ the4mutts Love what all your kids responses were! Your sons made me laugh! Reminds me of something my brother would have said when we were kids as to why we never got along.

the4m... the4mutts

Daisy- whatever you say hon.

I still stand by my comment that half these sounded rehearsed. Its my opinion and I am welcome to keep it. I think if we really want to celebrate our girl children, then we shouldnt give them scripted responses. Its like, instead of asking "what do you want to do today?" Some parents ask "would you rather go to the benefit for the arts department, or stay home and study american history?" Then bragging "My child CHOSE to study American History instead of going out tonight! I'm so proud!"

We should worry about what our children really want, and celebrate who they really are.

And no, I dont mean we should let them run wild or take over our whole household routine.

the4m... the4mutts

Neko & kelly- You guys sound like a lot of fun :)

nonmember avatar Jocelyn

I totally agree with 3mutts. And that whole old guy "joke" was just ignorant and not funny. I know it was a joke but at least make it a funny one! Geez.

nonmember avatar Kellie

Showed my cousin this since I thought it was too cute. When she read your comment first thing she said about your 5 year old's comment: "Sounds like what Grace would say!" Her girl is 4 and way outgoing.

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