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Girl Rising

Jun 13, 2013

IYS Mission: Sisterhood! page on girlscouts.orgWe don’t often recommend TV shows, but every once in a while, something special comes along. Girl Rising is a gripping and informative documentary about impoverished girls living in countries where education for girls isn’t a priority. The film—narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Freida Pinto, Alicia Keys, and others—tells the extraordinary stories of girls fighting impossible odds to realize their dreams.

Seniors working on their GIRLtopia and Mission: Sisterhood! Journeys are seeing the stories of sisterhood all around them, and learning how they can grow as leaders by widening their networks and broadening their world. Think about formulating a Take Action project that begins with a movie night featuring Girl Rising. After the closing credits, use the following questions to spark a conversation about how you envision an ideal world—a society that consistently respects girls’ needs, values, and interests:

  • Why is it important to empower girls and recognize that girls and women should have the same rights and opportunities as boys and men?
  • What does Girl Rising teach you and others about the way girls are raised outside the United States?
  • What opportunities do you have that these girls have to fight for?
  • How can you unite with your Girl Scout sisters to advocate for a world where all girls are being educated and encouraged to fulfill their potential?

Set your DVR or click over to CNN this Sunday, June 16, at 9 p.m. to watch Girl Rising. Check local listings for channel.