When I Grow Up: Notes on the Girl Effect

This post is a slight departure from my usual notes about writing and/or mental illness. It’s inspired by Tara Sophia Mohr’s entry on the Girl Effect:

“The Girl Effect” is a powerful idea: by investing in girls in the developing world, we make an incredibly effective investment in eradicating poverty, creating thriving communities, and slowing the spread of AIDS.

What can we do? Donate. And, spread the word by joining other bloggers.

In honor of the Girl Effect, I’m sharing a poem that I wrote at as a teenager. Even then, I knew I could do anything in the world I wanted. I wish this kind of freedom for all of the girls in the world – the freedom to make their lives what they make of them.

When I Grow Up

I want to be an astronaut
So I can kick the moon
I wanna be a cowgirl
So I can have my own saloon
I wanna be Miss America
So I can pretend I’m nice
I wanna be a carpenter
So I can build my own paradise
I wanna be a judge
So I can say “Over-ruled”
I wanna be a mother
So I can wipe my baby’s drool
I wanna be a princess
So I can rule the world
I wanna be a Lois Lane
So I can become Supergirl
I wanna be a pilot
So I can kiss the sky
I wanna be an angel
So I can learn to fly


8 thoughts on “When I Grow Up: Notes on the Girl Effect

  1. I’m so glad you jumped in to participate in the Girl Effect Blogging Campaign.
    That’s quite a poem. “Kick the moon?” The writer in you was showing up in full force from early on, I can see.
    Thanks for continuing to spread the word about the blogging campaign – we just crossed 100 posts!

    1. Yes, I’ve always been a writer at heart. Thank you for commenting, Tara. I’m thrilled you’ve helped spread the word so far for such a wonderful cause. You’re inspiring!

  2. What a beautiful poem. I’ve been focusing on donating to local causes and feel that there’s still so much we can do right here at home to empower girls, but I do agree that there’s even more to do in developing nations.

    1. Thank you for the compliment, Vered. My focus is usually on the local causes as well. This country has so many issues that end up swept under the rug. Along with the local ones, this global cause tugged at my heart this week. So, I had to share. Thank you for reading.

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