The Right to Choose

By Erin Ganju, co-founder and CEO
Room to Read

What is an empowered girl? An empowered woman?

I believe that the first step is ensuring they have the right to choose.

No one more than I wants to see more women in parliaments, more women presidents, more women CEOs, more women bankers and astronauts.

All of these added together mean a girl is able to make educated choices. Without that ability, there is no empowerment.

That is what I call empowerment: it is not something that is given to a woman or girl by an external party — but something that a woman or girl discovers within herself. We as well-wishers and advocates for changing the status quo can help provide skills as well as a more conducive environment for her to arrive at her chosen destiny.

World Change Starts with Educated Children.® www.RoomtoRead.org

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