Film Screening to Highlight the Education of Girls Worldwide

The new film Girl Rising will be screened on campus on Sunday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m. in the Kondysar Presentation Room (Hancock 2023). All members of the campus community are welcome. The film presents issues relevant to global studies, education, economic development and poverty alleviation, film studies, journalism, gender studies, and social entrepreneurship and leadership. This event is co-sponsored by the departments of Political Science, Media Arts, History, and Women's Studies.

Girl Rising depicts the power of education to transform lives and the importance of investing in girls’ education globally. Research shows that everyone benefits when girls have access to quality education. As the filmmakers point out:

- When the number of girls attending school in a country increases by 10%, GDP increases an average of 3%.
- When a girl attends school for seven years, she will marry four years later and have two fewer children.
- A girl who has been educated is later 50% more likely to immunize her children.
- A girl’s wages can increase up to 15% after receiving an extra year of primary education.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins and narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington, the movie is the centerpiece of 10x10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls. More information about the film and the campaign can be found at http://girlrising.com/. The trailer is at http://10x10act.org/girl-rising/.

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