At a time when the news cycle feels more like a real-life episode of The Handmaid's Tale, it's easy to feel disheartened. But it's important to remember that there are so many people working toward a better tomorrow. As the inspiring quotes for International Day of the Girl prove, there are still countless people engaged in vital, life-changing work all over the globe. Keep reading to feel a little bit better about the world.
Established in 2012, International Day of the Girl addresses the needs and challenges that girls face around the world, according to the United Nations. It promotes empowerment, education, and employment skills, alongside the attainment of basic human rights. The 2018 theme is "With Her: A Skilled GirlForce", and it focuses on properly equipping and training the 600 million adolescent girls who will enter the workforce within the next decade. How can people work now to help these girls obtain secure, safe, and gainful employment within the next few years? It's a complex problem, but the International Day of the Girl 2018 is actively seeking solutions from some of the brightest minds in the world today. If you're intrigued, then there are countless ways to get involved with International Day of the Girl both in real life and online. In the meantime, reflect on these brilliant quotes about women in the world.
1. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” — Sheryl Sandberg
As the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of the LeanIn movement, Sheryl Sandberg knows a thing or two about leadership. She's a highly influential executive and activist.
2. "I am now confident that I can bring about change in my own life as well as in others." — Jabeen, 15
3. "I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
4. "I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world,” — Malala Yousefzai
Activist and Nobel Prize laureate Yousafzai hardly needs an introduction. Her work for female education has gained global acclaim.
5. "For most of history, anonymous was a woman." ― Virginia Woolf
British writer Woolf is widely praised for the early feminist appeal of her modernist works.
6. "Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." — Mae Jemison
The first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison has worked as a NASA astronaut, engineer, and college professor. She knows all about dreaming big, in other words.
7. "Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength." – G.D. Anderson
Writer, videographer, & feminist G.D. Anderson gets it.
8. "Girl power in my mind is to let girls be exactly what they are. Let them be angry. Let them be resentful. And rebellious. Let them be hard and soft and loving and sad and silly. Let them be wrong. Let them be right. Let them be everything, because they are everything." — Amy Sherman-Palladino
Creator of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Gilmore Girls, Sherman-Palladino excels at crafting strong — but fully human — female characters.
9. "The spark in my eyes are my goals. Let me achieve them. I AM THE FUTURE." — Habiba Manzo
Entrepreneur & public speaker Habiba Manzo says it perfectly.
10. "If you want to break the cycle of poverty, educate a girl." — Graça Machel
Widow of the late Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel is a politician, humanitarian, and advocate for the rights of women and children. Her work on behalf of refugee children and general support for women's equality is inspiring.
11. "There is no more valuable investment than in a girl's education." — Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban created UN Women, an agency dedicated to gender equality and female empowerment worldwide, according to the UN's website. Advocates like Ban prove that women's equality is a cause everyone can support. There is still so much work to be done, but thankfully there are also brilliant and motivated people all over the world working toward a better future for young women.