The CEO of Girl Rising is Making the World a Better Place for Girls, One Story at a Time
By Abigail Libers ~ The Garage ~
It’s not unusual for a movie to win awards, get rave reviews and win big (or lose) at the box office. But it’s not every day one helps to change the world. Girl Rising is a film that became a powerful movement and gave filmmaker Christina Lowery the role of a lifetime. Now the CEO of a globally recognized non-profit with connections to Michelle Obama and support from Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto, Lowery’s work is to show communities the power of education, get girls in school and keep them there. The reason: Educating girls is the single most powerful way to end global poverty.
The original film, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, aired in more than 170 countries to over 400 million viewers, and now the multi-faceted organization has programs around the world in some of the most difficult places to be a girl. Lowery and her staff developed a Girl Rising curriculum that is used by thousands of teachers, reaching tens of thousands of students, in the U.S., India, Nigeria and the DRC, with plans to expand later this year.