This should come as no surprise to Birds readers:   

Sometimes freedom and opportunity slip in through the back door, when a quieter subversion of the status quo unleashes change that is just as revolutionary. This is the tantalizing idea for activists concerned with poverty, with disease, with the rise of violent extremism: if you want to change the world, invest in girls.

With this in mind, the United Nations Foundation is looking for 100,000 US girls, age 12-18, to raise money for and awareness of the plight of their sisters around the globe, through the GirlUp program (

As Nancy Gibbs so eloquently says:

[Through GirlUp], one at a time, a rising generation of American girls helps create the next generation of leaders, for the coming quiet revolutions.

It beats raising money for armies.

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