"Its cool to be girl these days, but it was not always this way. Lets speak about education – nowadays equal access to education seems obvious to all, and in many states women are generally better educated than men are. But think about old times when education was only "men thing". Times when women were perceived as having to fragile brains to receive proper education. Think about this world of inequality where men had such gigantic educational advantage over women, making them feel inferior and really dependent.
Think about all brave women witch stood up to fight for this right, remind yourself about Maria Skłodowska-Curie – studying physics, chemistry, and mathematics at Paris Sorbonne, she was treated as „freak”. Woman studying sciences was something really unusual at that time.You can imagine all the social pressure against her, all those comments, and silly smiles suggesting that she should rather choose other way of life. All those people trying to neglect all what she was doing, turning that into
But she didn't gave up, she became first woman awarded a Ph.D. in research science in Europe and first woman professor at the Sorbonne. She continued her work, and soon she became first woman awarded a Nobel Prize and first person awarded Nobel Prizes in two different scientific disciplines. Showing all the people how wrong they were, and presenting that a woman with an education can achieve results as impressive as can a man with an education.
It is important to be brave, and to stand for your rights, its the only way to make your dreams come true. But it is also very important to be well informed to make proper,
responsible choices. Be brave, be open minded and eager to learn, so you can really enjoy being a girl, a girl aware of her rights, able to defeat all obstacles.
But there are still places in this world where young girls, are denied right to education, and that's not right, remember them!"
Jacek, YSAFE Chair