Are These the Most Inspirational Teen Girls in the World?

An adolescent woman in a white and black striped shirt smiles and crosses her arms while standing in front of a wooden fence

We could all learn a lot from these inspirational teen girls. Living in poverty makes pretty much everything more difficult for them, and yet they persevere. They dream. And they trust.

Oct. 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, and this year’s theme is “My Voice, Our Equal Future.” So here are six girls who live in poverty but refuse to let it silence their powerful voices. May their inspirational quotes and dreams for the future give you hope today!

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Period Poverty: My REAL Most Embarrassing Moment

A girl laughs, face in her hands.

I’ve told very few people about my REAL most embarrassing moment. But it’s something that girls in poverty around the world have to face every day.

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Candace Cameron Bure squats on the ground, with a young girl hugging her.

Candace Cameron Bure: a Different Practice for Lent

This year for Lent, I’m doing something special, something a little different. And, as you dive deeper into this Year of the Bible, I’d love to invite you into this journey. But before I do that, let me explain why Lent is so meaningful to me.

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A girl wearing a colorful traditional Hmong outfit looks out the window.

Ending the Terror of Bride Kidnapping

In the bride kidnapping tradition of the Hmong people, girls can be forcibly married to their abductors. But churches in Thailand have been fighting for change.

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5 Inspiring People Building a World With Gender Balance

These five ordinary but inspiring people are proving that through the collective actions of us all, we can create a world with gender balance.

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Lucerito Has The Best Tools To Build furniture and Her Bright Future

She Has the Best Tools to Build Her Bright Future

In Lucerito’s community, professions like carpentry and making furniture were often considered to be only for men. Then, she grabbed a hammer and impressed everyone.

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The Unique Way Men Are Helping To Fight Period Poverty

The Unique Way Men Are Helping to Fight Period Poverty

Young women around the world are affected by what’s referred to as period poverty. Being unable to afford feminine hygiene products can lead to serious problems for these girls. But this community in Uganda is combatting period poverty – even the men are getting involved to support their wives and daughters!

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She's Aspiring to be a Coder Who Inspires People

She’s Aspiring to Be a Coder Who Inspires People

Georgina overcame the effects that poverty and illiteracy had on her community to become a coder with big ideas to help other children like her to succeed.

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Suffering in Silence: The Menstruation Taboo

Suffering in Silence: The Menstruation Taboo

In many impoverished communities, menstruation is a stigmatized issue shrouded in silence, secrecy and shame. Here are just three personal and societal aspects of life that are restricted when menstruation becomes an unmentionable part of being female.

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3 Things Paving My Way to Be an Aviation Mechanic

3 Things Paving My Way to Be an Aviation Mechanic

I’m Gabriela and I’m 17 years old. I am currently studying for a technical high school degree in aviation mechanics. I never thought this could be possible. Where I’m from, becoming an aviation mechanic is known as a career for men instead of women, and technical courses aren’t normally affordable for families like mine.

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10 Portraits of the Most Courageous Girls in Kenya Rachael

10 Portraits of the Most Courageous Girls in Kenya

Ten brave girls living in impoverish communities in Kenya talk openly about their lives and the joys and struggles facing all girls, everywhere. From child marriage to education, female circumcision to the definition of beauty, their stories and images are a testament to the resilience, strength and courage of girls living in poverty.

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Why Girls Are So Amazing

Why Girls Are So Amazing

It’s International Women’s Day, a day to honor and celebrate the cultural, social, economic and political achievements of women. It’s a day to remind ourselves why girls are so amazing.

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