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Editor’s Note: Writer and activist Gloria Steinem has been involved in feminist and other social justice movements for more than 40 years. This open letter to the girls of the world is part of the “Girl Rising” project. CNN Films’ “Girl Rising” documents extraordinary girls and the power of education to change the world. Watch it June 16 at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Gloria Steinem writes an open letter to girls of the world

CNN Films' "Girl Rising" premieres June 16

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Dear Girls of the World,

Every female human being has a right to give birth to herself. You have the right to be safe in your body, to explore the world with your mind and to be free in your spirit.

If human rights like these are denied to you – whether by family or a stranger, by government or religion – seek out trustworthy people who share your experience.

When unique voices are united in a common cause, they make history.

– Gloria Steinem

More: CNN’s “Girl Rising”

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