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What is the Girl Effect?


I was sitting in a lecture on Friday 9/30 led by Sheila Kelley, a woman I admire and respect tremendously.  Sheila is at the helm of the 4th wave of feminism.  Sheila is way tougher than I am– or maybe she’s just built up her tolerance for digesting gut-wrenching information.

As she stood up there and listed book after book that we should read to educate ourselves from the beautiful to the brutal history of women in the world, and fact after fact about how women of all ages, especially children and teens are treated-she didn’t quiver, wince or cry.  I was a different story.

This wasn’t the first time I felt nauseous or cried out of  a combination of guilt, gratitude, disbelief and disgust at information like this.  I remembered feeling the same exact way reading Danielle LaPorte’s blog Why You’re Privileged: Perspective From The Dark Side in January.

Here’s a peek:

So where’s the synchronicity come in?

A few days after Sheila Kelley’s lecture, a woman posts an invitation to a FB group I’m in to blog for Girl Effect today, October 4, 2011.  Zero hesitation…sign me up!

What is the Girl Effect?

Little research has been done to understand
how investments in girls impact economic
growth and the health and well-being of
communities. This lack of data reveals how
pervasively girls have been overlooked. For
millions of girls across the developing world,
there are no systems to record their birth, their
citizenship, or even their identity. However, the
existing research suggests their impact can
reach much further than expected.
-Girl Effect Fact Sheet

Watch this quick video: 

What can you do right now?

You’ve already learned more by reading this post.  You can donate,  you can spread the word by clicking the FB “like” icon, sharing on Twitter by clicking up top, or forwarding this post to a friend.  You can also take a minute to appreciate what you have and maybe even tell someone who’s helped you along the way “thank you” because the worst day of your life would be the best day of somebody else’s.

To give you a little incentive, I’ll make it interesting for ya!  Donate $10 and leave a comment to let me know.  At the end of the day I’ll enter every name into a drawing to win a FREE COPY OF TIGHTER IN 10 DAYS.  Bonus points for sharing on FB and Twitter. You can also double or triple down by donating $20 or $30 and receive a extra chances, too!  Whatever you do be sure to leave a comment and tell me so you get all of your chances.

*if you’ve already purchased TIGHTER IN 10 DAYS and you win the drawing, I’ll send you a refund!

In love, gratitude and perspective,


What is the Girl Effect?
  • Lindsay

    My dear Liz-
    This is FANTASTIC. As a young Western woman who works in the girls and women’s rights world internationally, this is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. I feel lucky enough to be aware of my privilege (as it sometimes takes a great deal of intellectual heartache to get to that place), but am often left in the “What NOW?” How can one use this awareness in a meaningful way? Also, it can sometimes feel like my global politic has to reconcile with my day-to-day as a white girl in Brooklyn — where do the two fit together? How can I even BEGIN think about myself/my body/my health/etc. when famine, abuse, injustice, and inequality reign in the rest of the world? Thanks for bridging the two in this blog post and highlighting The Girl Effect! You rock.

    a hug–

    • Liz DiAlto

      Linds-you are doing way more than I can with my one blog post actually working everyday to fight for girls and women’s rights. You’re so right about the “what now?” I thought that after my blog post…do we go back to not thinking about this everyday or only when it comes up for events like this? I think you make a good point about bridging the two. I think that since we are privileged, we are obligated to live a full life and make as much as we can out of our privileges and raise awareness when we can and everybody’s “enough” is different. We can’t judge ourselves or others for doing any certain amount of work. does that make sense?

      Loved your comment, thank you!

  • Taya

    What a wonderful opportunity for you to promote & raise awareness of what women across the world & across generations have been forced to accept. The only way to change is do it ourselves. Thanks so much for all you do! I was more than happy to make a donation & help spread the word.
    ~ Taya

    • Liz DiAlto

      Excellent, Taya! Thank you 🙂

  • Denise

    Liz – You are a rockstar. I have 2 sisters and I truly believe in the sisterhood of women. Unfortunately, I have been heartbroken by the way other girls have treated me, and each other, because they don’t have the benefit of truly understanding in their heart what sisterhood means. It is wonderful that you empower people to better themselves through your mission as a motivator and trainer, but magnificent that you call people to the table to empower others, and are able to do this by following your passion. Stellar.
    XX, Denise

    • Liz DiAlto

      I love this whole comment Denise, thanks for sharing about sisterhood and for your sweet words. Speaking of which, I know we’re all so busy but we need to meet up soon! xo

  • Joy

    I have one sister and two teenage daughters & I’m sharing this with them. I’ve also donated $20. What a great way to help girls around the world! Thanks, Liz.

    • Liz DiAlto

      Yes! thank you so much Joy!

  • Joy

    My posting time says 12:02 am but it’s 8:02pm EST?

    • Liz DiAlto

      I saw your post in EST Joy, no worries 🙂

  • Laurie Rosenfeld

    Liz, awesome that you followed the signs and participated in The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign this year! And I agree … Danielle’s post on privilege was hard to read! Great idea for the drawing! I blogged about it this year too. Thanks for spreading the word and sharing what it means to you.

    • Liz DiAlto

      Saw a ton of posts in the B School group including yours Laurie. Thanks for your comment!

      • Laurie Rosenfeld

        Liz, I forgot to come back and tell you … I donated $100 to The Girl Effect (plus $15 to cover their admin costs)! So honored to be supporting this movement through dialogue, conversation, and funding. And so thrilled that you are too! Did you run your drawing? You’re doing great work.

  • Laura Gates

    thanks for a great post, you forgot to mention the young virgin girls sold as early as four years old so families can put some extra food on the table. Most don’t live more than a few years. This kind of inhumane treatment of girls needs to stop. Thanks for sharing this story and making people aware of the issues.

    • Liz DiAlto

      I also couldn’t find a specific story Sheila Kelly recounted during her lecture about a young girl, 17-19 years old who was stoned to death basically for being raped. Obscene. Too many stories to count and horrible images to share. Thanks for your comment, Laura.

  • Anne SamoIilov

    Great post Liz. I think it’s amazing how there seemed to be a path leading directly to you doing this post. And I”m honored I was part of it with you!

    • Liz DiAlto

      It was a special day, Anne. Thanks!