When looking toward the future world our daughters will inhabit, things look pretty bleak right now — it doesn't seem like those 79 cents on the dollar will be ticking up any time soon. But, there are lots of people (maybe you?) working tirelessly to help our little girls gain some momentum so they can be everything they want to be when they grow up. In celebration of the United Nation's International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, we've compiled some empowering Instagram captions that will honor the girls in your life, and maybe inspire others to keep fighting the good fight until girls around the world have all the opportunities they're entitled to have.
In 2011, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 to be International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls' rights and the challenges they encounter around the globe, according to the UN website. By declaring that girls have the right to a safe, educated and healthy life, the organization takes the stance that girls have the power to change the world — both during their childhoods and later on, when they take the reins of adulthood as workers, mothers, political leaders and mentors. This year's theme is centered on creating a skilled work force among the 600 million girls who will come into adulthood in the next decade so they can avoid low wage jobs and exploitative labor. It's a huge movement that will take tremendous amounts of work, to be sure. In the meantime, however, can slap one of these captions up on Instagram so everyone knows where you stand when it comes to girls around the globe.