Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, and More Pledge Their Support for Girls' Education

Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, and More Pledge Their Support for Girls' Education

"We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls."

"We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls."

Text: William Defebaugh

Advocacy organization ONE is circulating an open letter in support of providing education to women worldwide—more than 130 million, to be exact. The letter has been signed by a long list of celebrities including Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Danai Gurira, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Robin Wright, Tom Brady, and more. Titled "Poverty Is Sexist," the statement reads:

"In the poorest countries, girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community, and her country. Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds. Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most."

The letter—which you can sign yourself here—will be delivered to "leaders all across the globe" on March 8, International Women's Day.

Credits: Banner photo courtesy of Steve Ross/Capital Pictures/MediaPunch

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