A Smart Girl's Manifesto – Let's Get Thinking

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Perhaps they don’t realize what a Nobel Peace Prize means (essentially that you have made a contribution to society which has impacted the whole of humanity). Also did you know there is a monetary prize of upwards of one-million dollars attached to becoming a Nobel laureate? But alas, this is what our society has become: one which teaches young girls that beauty, above all else, is to be acquired, slaved over and never let go. Pardon my Français, but that is bulls**t. You, young lady, are a sea of knowledge waiting to be explored, your potential is truly unlimited and the second you believe your beauty is more valuable than your mind, they’ve won.

So what can we do? How can we combat the disease that is preying upon our young girls? How do we change the status quo of millennia of male rule? Do we overthrow the “kings”, burning our bras and our mascara on our way up the ladder of success? Must we give up our desire to be pretty and cute in order to be game changers of a modern era? No. You make the rules of your own success. There is nothing inherently wrong with wearing nice clothes, loving nail art or a little celebrity gossip every now and then. However, when these things comprise 99% of who you are, well then, “Houston, we have a problem”. In order to make our way to the top and shed society of its constant surprise at our being able to accomplish anything, we must first ensure we are women of great substance.

Do you know what’s going on in the world? Could you participate in a discussion about Syria, Mali, climate change, nuclear warfare, global poverty, sex trafficking or even what is going on in your local neighborhood? I bet you could have an entire conversation about Lindsay Lohan’s future or Ryan Gosling’s latest meme, I know I could, and again I’m not saying these things are inherently evil. But if you can’t speak on the former, than you certainly shouldn’t know anything about the latter. So get going girl, there is a world out there to conquer, waiting for someone like you to be the catalyst of change. I believe in you, I know you can do it! So in the name of womankind, and for the sake of all mankind, get smart and get going!

Below are some resources you can use to start the smart. Good luck!

  • Coursera– free online classes from the best universities around the world
  • TED– talks from the world’s brightest on every issue under the sun
  • BBC– a leading news source in world news which provides a basic background and answer to FAQs on virtually any major world issue
  • The New York Times– do you need an explanation? Start reading.
  • Smart Girls At The Party– Amy Poehler’s new YouTube channel helping young girls to change the world
  • Flipboard– a handy app that congregates your news sources from around the web, easily allowing you to read through the day’s headlines in just a few minutes

Featured image via Saturday Night Live

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