The Girl Effect

Here's a new project that greeted me when I checked my email after dinner.  Heidi Kellenberger of Uncovered Cover Art sent out an email blast that caught my attention.  I'm posting it here because it moved me and I know I won't be able to do as good a job as she has in inviting people to join this cause:

Join me in raising money for The Girl Effect during Tara Sophia Mohr's brilliant blogging campaign, starting October 4th. Because I believe...

Reading Is a Right.

Everyone, including girls, should have the right to go to school and learn to read.

Reading Is Power.

The written word, whether it's in books, magazines, online or in a personal journal, reveals the world. To a child, these words can introduce and inspire new ideas that reverberate for decades to come.

Girls Matter.

The Girl Effect is based on a powerful truth: when we invest in a young girl’s education in the developing world, she grows up to a woman who can support herself and pull her entire family out of poverty. Research now shows that investing in a girl’s education is the most effective solution for fighting poverty globally.

Art Saves.

From October 4th to January 4th, I'll be donating $5.00 for each of the first hundred covers submitted that features a strong, hear-me-roar girl character. I'm committed to donating $500, but I want your help. Here's what to do:

♥ Get inspired! Check out to learn more about how urgently our help is needed.

♥ Choose your subject. Will you reimagine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games or Jo March in Little Women? What about Miss Eloise or Karana in Island of the Blue Dolphins? Let's celebrate girls who ask questions, make their own rules, and find a new way to navigate through old waters. Show me who you admire.

♥ Work your magic. Let your art tell a story—a story we must keep telling.

♥ Send your cover to

♥ I'll donate $500 to The Girl Effect, directing the money to buy books for schools that support the education for girls. Would you like to match my donations? $.50, $1.00, $5.00 a cover or more? Send me a message! Let's see how much we can raise.

If you've been wanting to submit to Uncovered Cover Art, now is the time. If you know someone who should submit, share this message.

Every submission will be featured on the site. Let's make a difference together.

And here's a video to help explain what The Girl Effect is all about.

So if you can draw, please reimagine a cover for a book that features a strong female character and send it to Heidi's site.  If you're a blogger, please blog about this on October 4th--or start blogging about it now and again on October 4th!

And you don't have to be a woman either.  If you believe that "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that holds the world," then please join us.


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