Music to our ears.
A group of strong, influential figures (including a few of our favorites) have come together and signed a letter on behalf of girls education.
The open letter is on behalf of ONE, an advocacy group with a mission to end poverty and and disease globally. Rashida Jones, Natalie Portman, Ashley Graham and Blake Lively are among the famous signatures that are asking to make girls education a priority. The letter will be delivered to world leaders on March 8th, International Women's Day, and you (yes, you!) can add your name to the signature list here.
Read the letter below.
"A Letter to Leaders,
You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education. But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany.
All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country. We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionise an industry… or simply to access opportunity.
We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there. But we need you to do the same. Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds. Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most."