A smart choice
In the United States it's easy to take education access for granted—the government mandates it's compulsory for minors, regardless of gender. In many other countries, however, girls face barriers such as gender-based laws, cultural norms, early marriage and sex trafficking. Girl Rising aims to change that with a global campaign centered around a film by the same name. Directed by Richard E. Robbins (Operation Homecoming), the documentary explores the stories of young women around the world, and is available for screenings. Anyone can become a social-media or community ambassador; for teachers, there's a free educational curriculum, and companies can utilize the resources and tools needed to invest in a better future. www.girlrising.com.