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Free "Girl Rising" Documentary at Penn State Great Valley

Married away for a car. Trapped by a sexual predator. Ensnared with the poorest of the poor. But that didn't stop any of them. One girl with courage can be a revolution.

I watched this film at Drexel University a couple of weeks ago and I walked away in awe and truly inspired. It shows the current struggles girls all over the world face every day to simply get an education, something we view as a right but is perceived as a privilege. It also talks about how these same young girls can break the cycle of poverty and make a difference. To raise awareness about it and its message, we're bringing it to Girl Develop It Philly in partnership with Penn State Great Valley. 

The filmmakers behind Girl Rising saw how many girls around the world are undervalued and unsupported, to devastating effect. But they were also shown evidence of the astonishing impact quality education can have. 

Narrated by Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys and other celebrities, Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film tells the triumphant stories of nine girls from a variety of cultures around the world that reflects their struggles and triumphs to overcome societal or cultural barriers to get an education. The powerful storytelling delivers a simple, critical truth: Educating girls can change the world.

After the movie, join a discussion led by me (Yasmine Mustafa) about the film and share your stories & thoughts on the topic.

Thanks to Penn State Great Valley for sponsoring this documentary and allowing us to attend for free. Click here to register. 

You can learn more about Girl Rising and the film on their site at

If you're in Philadelphia and you can carpool, leave a comment and we'll get one organized closer to the date of the event.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice presentation, YM. Thanks!

    January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Traffic is horrible. Will be late. Please dont wait for me

    January 23, 2014

  • Jim L.

    Have my ticket and will also be staffing a table with information about GETT - Girls Exploring Tomorrows Technology for ITAG. Stop by and say hello.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Linda J.

    just got onto the waiting list. said 'yes' to "will you attend?" always the optimist.

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Yasmine M.

    This event is now "sold out" at 400 registrations. If you didn't get a ticket, you can join the wait list at

    January 2, 2014

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