On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, celebrated each year on 11 October, the Singapore arm of charity Inspiring Girls International launched the #ThisLittleGirlIsMe social media campaign, encouraging women to post photos of their younger selves with their personal tales to show girls that they, too, can achieve their dreams.
During this month-long global campaign, many women – among others, politicians, business women, entrepreneurs and NGO executives – shared their photos and personal experiences aiming to empower young girls around the world. Moonshot has gathered some of the most inspiring posts they shared.
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
This little girl became Minister at age 29. She didn’t realise she was too young for that. That gave her a boldness of “yes, I can do this”. #ThisLittleGirlIsMe. My advice on #DayOfTheGirl: forget your age, step in and say “I would like to be part of this.” @Inspiringgirlsf pic.twitter.com/3EQ9VUSYuS
— Margrethe Vestager (@vestager) October 11, 2021
Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund
After her dad died, this little girl from Panamá studied hard and became a doctor, researcher, and champion of reproductive rights. #ThisLittleGirlIsMe. My advice to girls? Dream big! Know that you hold power —and use it to shape your future, and with it, the world. #DayofTheGirl pic.twitter.com/KfdWhZWdka
— Dr. Natalia Kanem /she/her/ella/ (@Atayeshe) October 8, 2021
Melinda French Gates, American philanthropist and co-chair of the Gates Foundation
This little girl had big dreams and ticked through goals like a to-do list. So when she experienced her first failure, it rocked her confidence.#ThisLittleGirlIsMe
I wish I could tell her to embrace her shortcomings rather than hide them—they help you become your best self. pic.twitter.com/AntudnLQBH
— Melinda French Gates (@melindagates) October 11, 2021
Indranee Rajah, Singaporean politician, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office
Amy Weaver, President and CFO of Salesforce
At this age, I dreamed of being President of the US even though there had never been a woman in the role (still waiting!). I’m a different type of president now (& CFO). I’m grateful I was always encouraged to dream BIG. Go, girls, go! #ThisLittleGirlIsMe #DayOfTheGirl pic.twitter.com/Ofguqec3Fg
— Amy E Weaver (@amy_e_weaver) October 11, 2021
Samantha Renke, Broadcaster, Public Speaker & Disability Campaigner Agent
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗴𝗶𝗿𝗹 𝗶𝘀 @SamanthaRenke an actress, broadcaster, writer and disability rights campaigner 🙌 💜 💫
“Even at this young age I knew I’d change the world”
— Inspiring Girls (@Inspiringgirlsf) October 7, 2021
Ana Botin, Executive Chair at Banco Santander
Inspiring Girls International, which launched the campaign, is an organisation dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting them with female role models. It is present in 26 countries and in 2020 they reached over 24,000 girls worldwide across 306 events.