Over 60 MILLION girls in the world are out of school.

There are 31 million primary school aged girls out of school. This is 4 million more than the number of boys this age.

2/3 of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female.

When we keep girls out of school simply based on their gender, we regress back to a time when women had no rights at all.

So what are we doing about it?

Girls Read for Girls is a Brooklyn, NY based organization. Every November we hold a read-a-thon for girls and boys at a public institution (this year's is at the Brooklyn Museum!). It was started five years ago by four 3rd graders after they heard the story of Malala Yousafzai. Today, we have hundreds of kids reading every year!

Kids who read at the read-a-thon gets sponsorships from family, friends and/or members of their community. These sponsorships are by the page or overall amounts of money. If you can't get sponsorships, don't worry! Just showing up is enough.

Before the 90 minute reading session, we have a special program with amazing speakers, performances and more! We sell t-shirts and books, too!

All of the money raised at the read-a-thon goes to the Malala Fund, which was founded by Malala to help build schools for girls in developing countries, like Pakistan, Kenya and Jordan.

Last year, we raised over 18,000 dollars with the help of over 100 kids. All of this money went to the Malala Fund.