“How much do you know about girls?” is the title of a quiz that National Public Radio published online a couple of days ago. The quiz is only seven questions and comes from a special series that NPR is doing called #15Girls. The series takes the listener from El Salvador to India; from the soccer field to a school for child brides. It is an eye-opening look into the lives of girls around the world.
Here are some other things I’ve learned through the series:
- Worldwide, there are 600 million girls between the ages of 10-19.
- Nearly half of those live in 7 countries.
- The United States has a lower percentage of women in Congress than Pakistan and China do in their national assemblies.
- One fifth of the world’s adolescent girls live in India.
There is so much more. The story on the school for child brides in India gives a perspective that most in the Western world have never heard. The story of how a girl’s choice in El Salvador means life or death. There are stories on soccer, education, marriage, and cool girls. To make it easy, just click on the pictures and the link will take you directly to the site.
It’s not all sad. These girls are strong and resilient, and they want to change things for other girls. Take a listen and weigh in on what you think through the comments.