My daughter is lucky. In a few months, she will graduate from eighth grade and will attend high school at an amazing place that has as one of its missions the fostering of girls’ leadership abilities.
I’m not writing this to get into that whole “ban bossy” campaign. I wanted to write this because even if my teen didn’t have a choice of schools, she would still be attending high school. No need to ask. No need to worry about it. High school is a given for our daughters.
That’s not the case for many girls around the world. And while I know my 14-year-old is grateful for all she has and the education she’s going to have in high school, I’m still going to make sure she watches the story of Kakenya — a woman who, as a smart and clever girl, was able to change the path of her life that wasn’t destined to include a high school education: