I saw Girl Rising at the screening last month. I found the stories compelling and inspirational. I realized that, as a girl, I have taken my education for granted, and, armed with the power of an education, I can do whatever I set my mind to. A lot of the girls in the stories documented in the movie were expected to be simply wives or mothers and focus only on their duties as wives and mothers. It saddened me that they were restricted to their domestic responsibilities and forced to observe an ‘only-speak-when-spoken-to’ policy. If women like Gloria Steinem had not been educated and had only spoken when they were spoken to, I would fade into the background and my voice would be lost completely. Thanks to my education and the work of the women who came before me, I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my voice, and do so with eloquence.