Change Starts with Girls

I remember what it was like to grow up a girl; it was a world full of possibility, but also innumerable barriers – some imagined, and many very real – at every turn.

Though much has changed since I was a girl, women and girls are still often more deeply impacted by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and global economic crises. This year on October 11, the fifth annual International Day of the Girl, we join countless others in global efforts to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls – and to celebrate what girls and young women can accomplish when they’re inspired and encouraged.

Intel is fully committed to empowering girls and women around the world, and our investments (as well as the passion of our employees) encourage, engage, and excite more girls and women to actively participate in accessing, learning, and creating technology. Such programs include advocacy for education for all girls through Girl Rising, which has reached over 200 million people around the world; our own employees proudly supported more than 100 volunteer and film screening events in over 30 countries. We support digital literacy training through Intel® She Will Connect; this week we’re training 60 girls in Mukuru kwa Njenga, East Nairobi with the skills they’ll need to reach their next level. We also support immersive hands-on experiences such as the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camps, and recently supported a bright group of girls in Peru, in collaboration with Girl Up, the U.S. Department of State, and others.

Click on the images below to learn more about how these girls are changing their lives and the lives of those around them:

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We have the potential to make a huge impact where it really counts, and it starts with girls. We believe that working with our partners to create safe and friendly spaces where girls and women can collaborate to innovate and implement solutions that address the most pressing inequalities within their communities will accelerate progress to improve conditions for everyone around the world.

Take action today. Visit Let Girls Learn to support girls and women in your community. Attend an event supporting International Day of the Girl listed on the UNICEF website. Visit the Girl Rising website to learn about their new film, We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World. For more information about Intel’s girls and women’s initiatives, visit at


5 thoughts on “Change Starts with Girls

  1. You guys are doing a great job. Can I make get involved in any of these activities to help girls pursue STEM.
    Please let me know.

    1. Thank you Aparna! Our employee volunteer activities are great ways to get involved locally. Check out available opportunities through the Intel Involved website:

  2. Can you explain this statement please? “women and girls are still often more deeply impacted by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and global economic crises. ” Is this based on data?

    1. Good question, Bill. I found facts published by the UN, available here that support the statement: I think the facts present a compelling case for the need for us all to do what we can to empower more girls and women (as well as boys and men). Technology can be a great equalizer, and if more people have access to connecting and learning, more people will have opportunity to realize their full potential.

    2. Bill, I believe it is a statement whose goal heighten emotional outrage as opposed to being factual. Perhaps data could be gathered to support the claim for poverty and healthcare, but I have seen nothing of the sort. Food insecurity? I would have no idea how that can be measured or proven but it sounds ominous. Global Warming? It’s a theory, far from the fact based world in which we live, so I’m unsure how you can measure a theory other than it’s predictions (which have been consistently wrong from the global warming scare mongers – like time I checks both planetary poles are still covered in ice and it is 2016).

      I think the goal of Girl Rising and other similar programs are noble and I support them. Too bad the organizers felt that they had to ice that cake with deceptive and emotional problem statements to get support. It would be nice to stick to the facts for once, instead of smearing us with progressive propaganda.

      Wouldn’t a normal person think that others would support this if they just stuck to the facts? I would. At some point, I hope the folks who feel they have to gin up excuses to support a “good cause” will realize that deceptive statements will only serve to winnow support, not garner it. At least that’s my two cents…

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