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GM Supports Let Girls Learn for Giving Tuesday

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The days following Thanksgiving are all about consumers. From Black Friday, to Small Business Saturday, to Cyber Monday, America’s focus has been on buying for the upcoming holidays. In 2012, the Giving Tuesday movement began as a way to recover from the consumerism and focus on giving back during the holiday season. The tradition is set to continue, using the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media.

GM’s Mary Barra announced on Facebook that her company, through the GM Foundation, would be participating in Giving Tuesday this year by contributing to the Peace Corps and the Let Girls Learn initiative. Championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House, Let Girls Learn is focused on helping the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school. Research has shown that countries with more educated women have lower rates of HIV/AIDS, better child nutrition, and lower mortality rates for mothers and children. By educating women in communities around the world, the hope is to improve the overall quality of life in a region, as well as enabling a future generation of thinkers, inventors, and leaders.

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The Peace Corps is a key part of the Let Girls Learn project, as their volunteers are already present worldwide in many of the regions that need the project the most. The volunteers will now be trained how to work with community leaders to set up places that are safe for women to learn and encourage their use.

On Facebook, Ms. Barra emphasizes the importance of the program, saying “The next generation of scientists, engineers and teachers must be empowered, no matter who they are or where they live.” I can’t even imagine what our nation (and the world) would be like without the contribution of educated women.

This Giving Tuesday, consider supporting a cause like Let Girls Learn or other initiatives that are important to you.

Let Girls Learn Source: The White House

A Dayton native, Rebecca got her start blogging at the curiously named Harlac’s Tongue while studying abroad in the UK. She loves tooling around town with her Ford Focus named Jerome to the song they’re playing on the radio. On any given weekend, you can find her with her camera at area festivals, concerts, and car shows, shopping at flea markets, or taking an adventure on the open road. See more articles by Rebecca.