Annie Luttrell

"Students were not only super engaged by the stories, they also felt the hope and power that comes from educating young girls!"


  • School: Thurgood Marshall Academy (Charter)
  • Grade: 11th-12th
  • Subject: Social Science/Global Studies
  • Number of Students: 18

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What is your goal in bringing Girl Rising into your classroom?

To increase student awareness to the issue of gender inequality and provide students with a lens into the lives of students elsewhere in the world.

How do you use and teach Girl Rising?

We taught Girl Rising over the course of one month.

We had the opportunity to partner with a local law firm to work on this project. Students worked in teams to dive deep into the types of gender inequality highlighted in the Girl Rising book as volunteers from the law firm guided their research. Each time, we chose a one girl's story and students researched how the history, culture, and government of her home country were each root causes of gender inequality. The final step was for students to create local and international action steps to move towards ending gender inequality. 

Our project culminated in a visit with a member of the Girl Rising team who led a discussion on solutions to gender inequality and the work of Girl Rising around the world.

View the Portfolio Project that Annie's students were assigned. It includes information on the students' group presentation and individual reflection paper.

Which Girl Rising materials did you use? 

Did you create your own materials?

Students conducted their own research into a country featured in the Girl Rising book. The countries include: Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Peru, Egypt and Ethiopia. 

View a sample student project, focused on gender inequality and child marriage in Ethiopia.

Was there a community action component included as part of your Girl Rising unit?

Students attended a discussion with a member of the Girl Rising team where they discussed their solutions to gender inequality.

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