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Today I’m writing in about something far more serious than my usual musings on self-actualization and freedom. Or am I? I’m part of a campaign of bloggers writing today about The Girl Effect, defined on the organizations site as

“The unique potential of 600 million adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world.”

Stop reading. Go get a box of tissues. Watch this video.

So here we are in the developed world. I headed out on The Freedom Tour in February to teach and inspire women to create financial freedom so they can truly be present to their purpose on the planet. I have this luxury, this choice and this opportunity because when I was an adolescent girl my aunt and uncle invested in me. They mentored me in a business that eventually allowed me to create financial freedom for myself in my mid twenties and now I’m passing that on.

When I first found out about The Girl Effect through my friend Lora Sasiela over at, I immediately felt ill informed about the issues and felt a familiar sheepishness for not keeping up with the news. I admit it: I don’t watch the news, I don’t read the newspaper and I don’t check news websites.

Tim Ferris calls this an information diet. I call it conscious consumption.

But this morning I started diving into some of the videos on The Girl Effect and I was reminded that what we consume as current events and the state of our world on a daily basis are partisan, skewed, negative, sensationalist snippets that leave us feeling hopeless, helpless, scared, and depressed. Though The Girl Effect informs us that there are 50 million twelve-year-old girls around the world living in poverty who have no choices in their lives, it also reminds us that there’s a solution. And it reminds us that its not so complicated for us to be part of that solution.

I write and teach about the profound power that financial freedom can have on a woman’s life. We as women in the developed world have the luxury to think, muse, and strategize about creating financial freedom for ourselves. This is because for about the last 80 years our society has allowed us to be valued for more than our bodies. Suddenly (and I do choose that word consciously because women only got the right to vote in this country in 1929) we have value beyond making babies and sexual pleasure. The fact that The Girl Effect can even exist today, that girls can even be seen as a solution, is such a big deal. Money is all about value. We buy stuff because we value it. We ask for more because we value ourselves.

For the first time in history, ladies, our value can lie in our minds and in our hearts, not just between our legs. This is a BIG FRICKIN’ DEAL.

Today is my mom’s birthday.

She’s one of the women on whose shoulders I stand as I traipse around the country because I’m free to do that. She’s been a pioneer in the field of women’s health, inspiring women around the world remember that our wisdom lies in our physical bodies and that true health and well-being comes from listening to the whispers of our female form. She’s set millions of women free from the tyranny of fear of their bodies. I come from a woman who gets it that women are the solution. (Her name’s Dr. Christiane Northrup and you can learn about her here.)

Even though I don’t keep up with the news and is certainly not the number one internet destination for political activism and pressing world issues, seeping myself in The Girl Effect campaign this morning has reminded me that what I’m up to over here on The Freedom Tour is actually serious.  You may feel like I do when I hear about poverty, HIV, human trafficking, sex slavery, and other atrocities happening right now on this very same planet: overwhelmed and hopeless. Being a part of The Girl Effect Blogger Campaign has not only reminded me that I’m already part of the solution (and most likely you are too), its also lit a fire under my ass to be a bigger part of the solution.

As of today, 5% or more of all profits in my business will be donated to causes that support the world valuing women and girls, such as The Girl Effect.

This is about valuing women and girls. You can become a bigger part of the solution by learning more about The Girl Effect and getting involved in one or more of the ways I’ve outlined below. You can also do it by healing your relationship with your mother and believing in your daughters. You can do it by supporting your sister. You can do it by investing in an adolescent girl in your community and teaching her the value of cheering other girls on instead of tearing them down. You can do it by vowing to create financial freedom for yourself so you can free yourself up to teach and inspire others to do the same. Every word of belief and encouragement to a girl is part of the solution. Every story of success and hope is part of the solution.

Every moment taken in gratitude for the freedom we have today that our grandmothers did not have is part of the solution. We are part of the solution.

Here’s how to get involved in The Girl Effect Blogger Campaign:

  1. Share this post on Twitter and Facebook using the buttons on the upper right of the post.
  2. Like The Girl Effect on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
  3. Write your own post for The Girl Effect Blogger Campaign and share it here between Oct 4th and Oct 11th.
  4. Visit The Girl Effect site to watch more videos, learn more about the cause, donate, and find out more ways to become involved.

In the comments below let me know how you are being a part of the solution already and one thing you’re going to do to become an even BIGGER part of the solution.



  • Sandra Lanshin

    Girl, I liked them on FB and follow now on Twittster.

    Thanks for blasting the info on a beautiful cause that’s so easy to rally behind. I think I might just send in a blogger thing.


  • Lori Guth Moffett

    Hi, Kate.

    Only 7% of all philanthropic dollars goes to female focused organizations. It is really important we donate our money (and time) to non-profits, like the Girl Effect. That’s why I am re-posting this on my Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as will make a donation.


  • Such an awesome blogging campaign! So proud to be a part of it and so moved by your post. It’s people like you, standing up and saying “Enough is Enough,” that will truly change the world. Much love to you!

    For me? I’ve built my young Photography and Women’s Empowerment studio on the concept of “Art meets Activism.” Through the Photo Shoot experience, our Charitable Donations, and developing Women’s Collective — we are helping women to, “Become the Ones They Are Waiting For.” My legacy hopes to improve Women and Girls’ Self-Esteem and Financial Self-Sustainability so they may know their worth, values, rights and be empowered to make decisions independent of fear.

    The Girl Effect echoes the very soul of my mission. This month, I’m donating a percentage of all October photography bookings to their necessary cause!

  • I am a member of Soroptimist International in my community. We help women and girls improve their lives in local communities and throughout the world. Did post the Girl Effect on my wall. Thank you for sharing.

  • Hi Kate,

    I am so glad to see you blogging about the Girl Effect. Did you know that there are young girls and women all over the world who are unable to care for themselves during their periods? They resort to things like newspaper, leaves, ashes, or old mattress stuffing or they stay isolated for several days EVERY month! How long could you keep up in school if you missed one week out of every month? Right, many drop out never finishing the education that could help them better their situation. I work with a special organization called Days for Girls International ( We provide feminine hygiene kits to non-profit organizations for distribution to schools, orphanages, and villages in developing countries. Please check out our website to see what you and your readers can do to help. Or drop in on our Facebook page to catch the action at This is an amazing work. It takes so little of the resources we have to make a big difference in the life of a girl in need.

    Cindy Murdock
    Days for Girls International Ambassador
    Northern New Mexico

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