Leave Your Footprints Along The Way
A Discussion Workbook for Mothers & Daughters

Carolyn Viens

2011 Ambassador for "Girls Take Charge", www.girlstakecharge.org
Nominated for the 2010 Chester County Literacy Heroes Local Author Award


A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the girl effect. The girl effect is the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate.  Improve a girl’s life and many more lives benefit: her brothers, sisters, parents and beyond. As an educated mother, an active citizen and an ambitious entrepreneur, or prepared employee, she can break the cycle of poverty. That’s the girl effect. girleffect.org tells the story of girls creating a ripple impact of social and economic change on their families, communities and nations. Created by the Nike Foundation with expert advisors and girl champions including the Novo Foundation, girleffect.org educates the world on the importance of investing in girls and provides tools to spread the word.

To donate directly to the girl effect on behalf of Carolyn's book, please visit her global giving fundraiser project at:

Why Should We Pay Attention to Girls?*
The Ripple Effect

  • When a girl in the developing world receives 7 or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children
  • An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 20 percent
  • Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers
  • When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man

*www.girleffect.org fact sheet

the girl effect
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