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Book Rec: Strong Girls, Strong World by Dale Hanson Burke

Updated: Jul 6

"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in." - Bishop Desmond Tutu


In Strong Girls, Strong World, Dale Hanson Bourke draws on her international leadership and reporting experience to offer personal insights we can all use as a road map to understanding the issues girls face―and the tangible ways we can each make a difference. Filled with personal stories, hope-filled examples, and specific opportunities, readers will discover investing in the life of a girl can bring about global change. In Strong Girls, Strong World, you’ll find out how to take the first steps. I took constant notes throughout this book reading and loved Dale's side notes with current ways to contribute and help other organizations already doing the hard work of making the world a better place.


book jacket with the title overlayed with a young girl smiling at the camera

Discussion Questions

  1. In many ways this book was shocking. In others it was disheartening to see the darkness and hardships faced around the world. What areas of the book surprised you? What struggles were a revelation?

  2. Bishop Desmond Tutu's words struck me hard - "There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in." How can we start "going upstream" to better understand the roots/background leading to a struggle?

  3. During this guide, Dale mentions international nonprofits working to better our girls' futures - World Vision, The Exodus Road, Vitamin Angels, The Pad Project (just to name a few). Which organization(s) spoke to you? Is there a specific cause that is dear to you? How will you join alongside them?

  4. How does investing in girls change communities?


Don't let this book be your last step. Education is important. Advocacy is even better. Your actions, even one small step in your community, can help lift girls up. Make an impact.



 

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