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Thursday marks the seventh annual International Day of the Girl Child and people are out on social media and in their communities building up young women and addressing the societal issues that can too often hold them back from reaching their full potential. This year’s theme is “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce” with a focus on strategically educating and empowering girls with the skills they need to enter the workforce.

The Day of the Girl was started by the United Nations in 2012 and is celebrated every October 11 by highlighting female achievement, acknowledging the restrictions still placed on women and committing to a year-long initiative targeted at a specific gendered issue.

This year, some of our favourite celebrities are out spreading the message and fighting for change. Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Amy Poehler and more banded together to make a promotional video for the day which was shared by the Today Show.

If that wasn’t enough, Michelle Obama and The Obama Foundation launched the Global Girls Alliance which will work toward getting the more than 98 million girls who aren’t currently in school into classrooms. The former FLOTUS took over the Today Show and social media in general to encourage everyone to take action in the pursuit of educating girls around the world.

“When girls get the opportunities they deserve, amazing things start to happen,” the GGA mission statement reads. “Poverty goes down, economies grow, families get stronger, and babies are born healthier. And the world, by all accounts, gets better.”

And she’s got A LOT of support.

It wasn’t just Michelle’s crew out there promoting the Day of the Girl; people from all over joined the conversation. Justin Trudeau shared a picture of his daughter Ella-Grace taking over the PMO; Emma Watson posted about young feminist activism with a shot of herself at the first Harry Potter premiere; and Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated the day with an acoustic duet of Urban’s song “Female.”

So maybe take some time today to hug your female friends and talk about the issues facing women or even donate to an initiative that is helping girls and women around the world reach their full potential.