"Girl Rising" Film Recognizes Girls' Fight for Education

April 5, 2013
"Girl Rising"

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WACO, Texas (April 5, 2013)--Around the world, a revolution has begun that cannot be stopped. Girls are taking a stand in the midst of turmoil, suppression and discrimination all across the world.

10 x 10 presents "Girl Rising," a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine different countries. "Girl Rising" features voice performances by Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett, Alicia Keys, Liam Neeson, Kerry Washington and more.

At 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, Baylor University's School of Education will present a screening of the film in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St. The film also will be shown at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Draper 345.

"Our hope in bringing "Girl Rising" to campus is to raise awareness about the importance of educating women both locally and abroad," said Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction in Baylor University's School of Education.

"Educating women is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. This film provides a beautiful portrayal of the power of education and a hopeful and tangible call to action."

The film showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

"If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future," said Meryl Streep, three-time Academy Award winner.

For more information about "Girl Rising," visit www.10x10act.org/girl-rising or contact the School of Education at 254-710-3111.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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