It's hard sometimes to believe that in today's progressive, more enlightened world, women still get the short end of the stick. Even in our country, successful and powerful women are defined in masculine terms, as if they have transcended their gender to become more than a woman, but a woMAN, as if femininity is inherently incompatible with greatness and success. At least in our country, women, generally, don't need to worry about basic rights. Women can vote, can own land, can have a career. Girls go to school alongside boys; everyone receives an equal education. This is great; this is important. There is perhaps nothing more essential to a successful society than proper education for all.
Unfortunately, this is not the case throughout the world. There are many places – too many – where women are still second-class citizens and they need to struggle to receive anything resembling an education. The plights of nine girls from nine different countries are set forth in the new documentary Girl Rising, directed by Richard Robbins, who received an Academy Award nomination for his 2007 documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience. The film features voice-over narration from the likes of Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, and Cate Blanchett.
The University of Louisville presents three screenings of Girl Rising throughout the rest of the week. The first screening is tomorrow, Thursday, at 12:15; it will also be shown Friday at 6:00 and Sunday at 3:00. The film screenings are free and will be held in the Gheen's Science Hall.
Complete information about Girl Rising can be found at the film's website.
Image: Girl Rising website