Day of the Girl 2013

Post by Suzanne K. Brown for the Love for Love series.

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Mark your calendars because October 11, 2013 is the second International Day of the Girl – yay girls!!

In December 2011, the United Nations General Counsel adopted Resolution 66/170, declaring October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child to promote the empowerment of girls around the world. The mission of the International Day of the Girl is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Pretty cool, huh?

This year’s theme is the use of innovation and technology to advance girls’ education. The Day of the Girl is a worldwide initiative, so you can celebrate with the girls in your life right here at home. Some ideas to get you started:

Conversation Starter: If you were an inventor, what would you create? What would it do? How would it work? How would you make it? What would you call it?

Reading: Check out the books by Danica McKellar (aka Winnie Cooper of The Wonder Years) that teach girls that “math doesn’t suck” – Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape (the middle school math one is my holiday list this year – I have a niece who’s just a little mathophobic!)

Research: Learn more about women in science, math and technology – Madame Curie, Sally Ride, Ada Lovelace, Hedy Lamarr, Marissa Mayer, Patricia Bath, just to name a few!

Field Trip: Visit your local science center, planetarium, aquarium or museum of science

Hands On: Perform your own science experiment! Check out National Geographic Kids for ideas

Ready for extra credit? Ask your city council or state governor to enter a special proclamation making October 11 the Day of the Girl in your area. Learn more about the movement here and get your 2013 proclamation toolkit. Spend some time with your girls writing a proposal and then march on city hall!

Girls are soooo important to the future of our cities, states and world, but they face special challenges wherever they live. By celebrating the Day of the Girl with the girls we care about, we tell them they are important, they are equal, they have a voice, and they are celebrated. We just need to show them we have their backs. Go girls!!

Thanks, Amanda, for inviting me to guest post! I’m so excited to share the Day of the Girl with your readers and would love to hear more ideas for celebrating it with their girls! You and your readers are always welcome at auntiemuse!

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