Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Girl Effect

Let me preface by stating that: Yes, I am an Oprah fan.

But, I'm a discriminating fan. I don't watch every single show. I only watch the ones of particular interest to me and I don't take everything she says as gospel.

Let me also say that this is the first time I've EVER given to a cause publicized by Oprah. It's worth your time to check out these causes.

I just finished watching an Oprah episode with 2 time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof . The stories he and his wife told regarding the injustices to women across the globe were heartbreaking. They told of women dying in childbirth, child prostitution, and rape. They also discussed the discrimination against women in developing countries. In many countries little girls aren't given vaccinations because they are saved for the boys. Girls don't get educations that boys get. Girls don't get the time of day.

I can't eloquently blog here about all the injustices. So go here to educate yourself.

Nick asked viewers to think about their daughters in similar situations. I have been blessed with two of the most precious gems you can imagine. And I can't imagine them going through the things that were discussed in this episode. It made me nauseous.

I posted this video on Facebook entitled "The Girl Effect". I don't know if it makes sense if you didn't see the Oprah episode but it's still interesting. It's kind of the "Give the boy a fish and he'll eat for a day. Give a boy a fishing pole and he'll eat for a lifetime." theology.

The point Nick Kristof and Oprah were striving to make is that everyONE can make a difference. Small donations can provide school supplies or textbooks. Larger donations can provide farm animals or tuition to school. You can even LOAN money to women in developing countries to start their own businesses.

I checked out Oprah's website and found all the ways I could make a difference. I chose to donate $14 to buy two girls textbooks for a whole year of school. It's Christmas after all and that's the least I would spend on a secret Santa gift. So why not give it to CARE?


  1. That is a wonderful cause...

    They had a one night movie experience in fall in the cinema/theaters about that very thing. I didn't go... (or maybe that was during International Women's Day in March???)..

    Either way, that's awesome.

  2. Abby, I watched that episode too. I was so moved. I want to get that book, "Half the Sky." It's so healthy to get your perspective straight. We complain about the silliest things. The conditions those people - those WOMEN and GIRLS - tolerate are abominable and unimaginable. That episode changed me a little bit.