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LizzLoves Girl Rising October 15, 2013

Girl Rising t-shirt

I used to have a t-shirt collection. I had ones about music, Latino culture, and ones with random cool graphics or witty sayings. But, eventually, I realized that my drawers (and my budget) wouldn’t support the plethora of t-shirts that I had accumulated. So now, I try to resist buying too many shirts that I know I can only wear casually.

Today, though, I knew I had to make an exception. Girl Rising posted a picture on Facebook of actress Freida Pinto rocking this awesome t-shirt (pictured above). The message immediately spoke to me, so with a few quick clicks, I bought one on their online store. As a bonus for buying this stylish tee, part of the proceeds go to Girl Rising’s 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education.

If Girl Rising is new to you, this organization believes that if you educate a girl, you can change the world. It defines itself as a:

“…grassroots global action campaign for girls’ education, powered by girls, women, boys and men around the world who stand for equality…Girl Rising partners with established nonprofit organizations that drive donations to programs that help girls get in school and stay in school.”

One of the most buzzed-about ways that they spread their message is through their film by the same name, “Girl Rising,” which makes their movement even more personal by telling the stories of nine girls from across the globe.  Check out the trailer here.

Unfortunately, I missed out on a chance to see this film in NYC last week. But, if anyone is interested, perhaps we can join forces and organize a screening of the film in the near future! In the meantime, I’m going to be proud and happy to spread the message of Girl Rising by wearing my t-shirt as often as possible!

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LizzLoves…Teachers! September 10, 2010

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I just got back from a wonderful beach getaway with my family at the Jersey shore. One afternoon, while we were waiting for pizza in a local spot, two young women excitedly approached my parents because they recognized them as their former teachers.

One girl, smiled really big and said to my mom, “You might not remember me, but I’ll never forget your Social Studies class. I’m studying to become a teacher now and it’s all because of you!”

My mom nearly cried because she was so touched. Both of my parents, now retired, taught for more than 40 years combined. I may be biased, but I can attest to them being amazing educators and leaders. I know this because students are constantly running up to them to hug and thank them.

So, in this back-to-school season, this is my little homage to teachers. The teaching profession is the most underpaid, underappreciated out there. They nurture, shape and elevate our youth. They deserve to be paid more than CEOs!

Thank you to all the teachers out there!