Today is International Day of the Girl, as decreed by the United Nations. Although we’ve come a long way in closing the gender gap over recent years, there is still a lot to be done both at home and internationally to address the unique struggles that girls and young women will face.
The below statistics highlight just how much gender inequality still exists:
• Two thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female
• This year, 12 million girls under 18 will be married and 21 million girls aged 15-19 will become pregnant in developing countries.
• Globally, the gender pay gap sits at 20%
• 64% of women work compared to 94% - closing this gap would add $28 trillion to the global GDP by 2025
• More than 90% of teenage girls have said they wish they could alter the way they look
You can learn more about the work that the UN and Unicef do here.
However, the most important thing we can do to challenge gender inequality is to start at home with our own daughters, giving them the confidence to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams, as well as teaching our sons to champion them along the way, with the hope that they will, in turn, pass it on to their own future children.
So, take a look at our favourite inspirational quotes from strong and successful women – treasure the words and share them with the girls and boys in your life.
“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – JK Rowling
“If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant to what it is all really about and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that.” – Emma Watson
“Any woman who understands running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” – Margaret Thatcher
“A woman is like a teabag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – JK Rowling
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better with myself.” – Arianna Huffington
“It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.” – Taylor Swift
“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s the way I am.” – Princess Diana
“You can’t be afraid of what people are going to say, because you’re never going to make everyone happy.” – Selena Gomez