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Watch how fast one politician slams the door on any debate over girls' rights to an education.

Girls make up half our society. Not educating them seems like countries would really be setting themselves up for failure. The reality is much more shocking.

Just how serious is the education gap in developing countries?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is dedicated to providing girls all over the world equal access to education. In 2013, they published a global educational report that contains some startling facts about the state of female education around the world.


Colombian politician Sergio Fajardo is one person who is working to help educate girls around the globe.

Sergio is all about the importance of providing girls with an education and articulates it beautifully. For him, the chance to go to school isn't just about education, it's about dignity.

Fortunately, Sergio isn't alone in his fight to rectify this severe injustice. Emma Watson's He for She campaign has partnered with men all over the world, including Sergio, to take action and assure women have equal rights on every issue. Check out the video below to hear more about the initiative and take action with him.

You could share this and then sleep a little better tonight, knowing you took a small step to help make education available to every girl in the world.

For the first time in its 56-year history, Sports Illustrated will feature a transgender model on its glossy cover. 23-year-old Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio will appear in the July issue, which hits stands early next week. Sampaio wrote on Instagram that she was "excited and honored" to be part of such an iconic issue, adding: "The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way."

A native of Fortaleza, a city in northeastern Brazil, Sampaio has been making history in the fashion world in recent years. She was already the first trans model to make the 2017 cover of Vogue Paris. Scouted while she was a young teen, she quickly made her way onto key runways in her home country. She managed to make an impression in a short time— launching her career at 18 years old—as L'Oréal Paris's first trans model. She hit another milestone last year, when she was the face of Victoria's Secret campaign, breaking barriers as the first trans woman working with the brand.

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