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"Powered by Optimism" captures my reflections of life in and around an all-girls' school and highlights the values of C.A.G.: leadership, global citizenship, wellness, and teaching and learning. Underscoring it all is a deeply ingrained sense of optimism that we are preparing a generation of boldly creative women who will help change the world.

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one billion rising-2.14.13

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02/14/13 12:00 AM   | reply

Today is the day – Valentine’s Day, yes, but also the day that women and men alike are urged to rise up against the violence perpetrated against women and girls around the globe, through a movement called “One Billion Rising.” Through a powerful social media campaign, we are all invited to dance to raise awareness and show solidarity with the movement to end gender violence.

The statistics are staggering – one in three women will be violated in her lifetime. And as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in the documentary Half the Sky: “When you have women who are left out or mistreated by their society, those societies are less stable, less secure, certainly less democratic; and we are living in such an interconnected, interdependent world that where those imbalances exist, oftentimes you will find problems that can then come back to haunt us at home.” 

So let’s rise up today to lend our voice (and our dance moves) to the voiceless. Let’s start a revolution by dancing to stop inequities that lead to violence against women and girls. 

Our girls did – see the video below. After seeing it, one of our teachers wrote me:
“Agnes Irwin is a facilitator in recognizing women as equal, creative, ebullient, and worthy members of society, and rising up, believing in ourselves, each other, is the first step to justice and treating a broken, oppressive system.“

Ebullient is just the right word to describe our girls’ dancing. I am proud of the girls (and yes, teachers, too!) for so confidently rising up – and being part of a revolution. I invite you to click on this link view the video and encourage you to share it with others.

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