Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone (2017)
Non-Fiction | Women’s Rights
“A full-color book inspired by the documentary film Girl Risingabout educating girls across the globe.
Worldwide, over 62 million girls are not in school.
But one girl with courage is a revolution.
Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.
Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.”
Expected Publication Date: February 14, 2017
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“We look at numbers and facts all the time without necessarily understanding how significant they are. But this number—the 62 million girls who are not in school—profoundly affects how our whole world functions. Why? Because educating girls literally changes how nations behave. Educating girls changes the shape of health care. It changes how families are raised. It can change entire cultures.”
Firstly I must thank Emma Watson, actress and activist, for leading me down this path of awareness for women’s rights and gender equality. It’s because of her that I’ve really begun thinking about what it means, what kind of future I envision, and what sort of life others may find themselves trapped inside. I’d always had these values and beliefs but her speech at the UN and her following activist works have inspired me to take those values more seriously. It’s because of her that I requested an advanced copy of this book.
Filled with full color photographs a whole other dimension is brought to the information shared in these pages. Stone makes a good point when she discusses her inspiration for putting this book together. A documentary is moving, it can be a catalyst that ignites people into action, but after that initial spark what’s next? This book is that next step. It goes beyond what made the 90-minute film cut. It rounds out understanding and fills in gaps. It’s the perfect platform to go deeper.
“When you get an education, you become part of society. Without an education, you are left out.”
Education is something we often take for granted here in the United States. In this country it is seen as a right more than a privilege. Regardless of what our laws state my parents always taught me that it is both. I’d whine about homework, but my mom would be quick to remind me of all the kids who aren’t so blessed as I am, kids that dream of getting an education. It took me a very long time to be able to understand that. Even now I can still only imagine.
“My family needed me to work in the fields and the school fees were too expensive, but my heart was sick about it.”
As I listen to speeches, watch documentaries, and read up on the data, I find myself more and more grateful for the education I received and it makes my desire for everyone to receive such grow stronger. This book is filled with brave intelligent girls and one by one they will surely change the world.
Girl Rising delves into the education gap, human trafficking, slavery, and other shadows of our world. It is easy to live in the land of the free and forget that there is a bigger world around us. A place where girls are denied an education, denied their bodies, denied their opinions, and denied the freedoms we have already won. Yes, perhaps we have made great strides and yes there is much further to go, but we mustn’t forget to reach out and bring all girls with us. To change a system that has been in place for millennia will require every open-hearted human to step forth and help.
“Slavery is not legal anywhere, but it happens everywhere.”
Stone puts all the pieces together—narratives, histories, statistics, trends, etc.—into easily comprehendible chapters. Never boring, always intriguing, I kept reading more and more. Able to keep my interest her writing flows smoothly bobbing me along with time to soak it all in. I don’t generally lean towards non-fiction works but every once in a while one will catch my eye and that was this book.
“Thoughtless were my mother and father. They gave birth to a daughter.”
I learned a lot by reading this book. Most of which was not easy to hear. There is something difficult about having to face these girls’ stories, Stone’s book makes it feel as if they are standing before me and not merely words recorded on a page. It makes me want to volunteer, to travel, to do…something. I hope I will.
Girl Rising takes a powerful film and puts together a book full of insight into the world of women’s rights, particularly with regards to education, around the world. It packs an emotional punch backed up by true stories, hard facts, and an unyielding current of hope. Absolutely inspirational this book is a must-read for every person looking towards the future with an open heart and a dream to help the female revolution reach every corner of the earth.
Emma Watson’s United Nations HeForShe Speech
Meet Tanya Lee Stone!
Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her work, which includes YA fiction (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), picture books (Elizabeth Leads the Way and Sandy’s Circus), and nonfiction (Almost Astronauts and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) has won national awards such as the ALA’s Sibert Medal, SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Jane Addams Book Award Honor, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, NCTE’s Orbus Pictus, and Bank Street’s Flora Steiglitz Award. Forthcoming titles include Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?! and The House that Jane Built (Holt 2013) and Courage Has No Color (Candlewick 2013).