Hello, girl- A note to the little women who will one day run the world.

Hello, quiet one.

I see you sitting on the sidelines. Still and silent while your friend’s rambunctious energy floods the air. You would much rather be sitting quietly reading your favourite book or drawing on blank pages, and that’s okay. People will say that you are shy and introverted. Maybe they are right, but you are much more than your discreet nature allows some to see. You are bright and curious. Intelligent and wise. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to because you have the courage of a lion. Rest assured that you don’t need to be loud to be successful. I know you can do this because you are a girl.

Hello, bossy girl.

Do not think I failed to notice you telling the others what to do with conviction. Some people will tell you that your decisive spirit is too much, but they are wrong. You are confident in your abilities and a problem solver. You are a leader, and you demonstrate great ambition. The day will come when you will have the opportunity to lead by example. You will spearhead effortlessly with that brilliant mind and caring heart. Leadership is there for the taking. I know you can do this because you are a girl.

Hello, follower.

I am aware that you stand a few steps back. You are always observing and thinking things through a little more than others. Some say that you don’t think for yourself, but this isn’t true. You are devoted and loyal. Dependable and attentive. These are all admirable traits. One day you will have the opportunity to serve a cause that is near and dear to your heart. Follow that path and stand tall knowing you are making a difference. I know you can do this because you are a girl.

And ladies, I need you to listen very carefully to this last bit. There will be times when the world will try to deny you the opportunities that you seek. There will be instances when things will not be equal or fair, and on some days you will find that it is the norm for the world to turn a blind eye to issues that are important to you. This will happen when it comes to life choices you make, work that you do, and yes, even when it comes to what you do with your body. But please, whatever you do, do not stop shining bright and pushing for more than the status quo. Keep exploring what sets your heart on fire. Continue to embrace your wild. Celebrate the little victories just as much as the big wins. Embrace your feminity, but remember that there is beauty in strength. I know you can do this. I know you can do all of this because you are powerful! You are fierce! You are a girl!

To learn more about International Day of The Girl and how you can help with efforts towards equality you can visit: Plan International

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