For every girl who holds back from raising her hand in class, who stops herself from raising her voice, or who doubts herself and what she's capable of: This video is for you.
For the rest of you reading this? Well, if you find yourself using the word in the video to describe young girls, I hope these girls — who are at the age where studies have shown girls' self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys — remind you that words matter.
Now, girls: Speak up, take the lead, and let's run this world.
Here’s why I will not lead the defense that proves innocence.
Where I won’t be pass a bill that alters the course of history.
Or design a building that reaches the skyline.
I won’t ask the questions that change the whole conversation.
Here’s where I will start to doubt myself.
Here is where I will start being interrupted.
Here’s where I will stop raising my hand.
Here’s where my voice will get drowned out.
Here’s where I was called stubborn . . .
. . . pushy . . .
. . . know-it-all . . .
. . . aggressive . . .
. . . bossy . . .
Here’s where I will change it all.