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Madames, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we have to take matters into our own hands. The little madames — that we are raising, watching grow up in our families and who are the children of our friends — can undoubtedly change the world, but they are going to need our help.

We’ve got to get involved in their lives, listen to what they are feeling and thinking, and encourage their dreams.

That’s what is so great about causes like Smart Girls At The Party, a web series started by actress Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Baby Mama) and her friends. The fun and inspiring show celebrates girls who are changing the world by being themselves.

In this series of eight shows, Amy and friends interview pre-teen girls to showcase the average, smart girl next door. The show celebrates diversity, creativity and talent which when nurtured boosts self-confidence. Bravo!

If you’re feeling inspired, here are other places to find girl power and take action:

Girl Up – A campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Click here to get involved.

The Cool Girls – Founded in 1989 in the ruins of East Lake Meadows, Georgia, Cool Girls, Inc. is an award winning early intervention after school program dedicated to the empowerment of low-income girls. For more than 19 years they have helped girls become self-assured and to break cycles of poverty, teen pregnancy, racism and sexism with after school programs, field trips, summer camps and volunteer mentors. Click here to get involved.

The Girl Effect – There are 600 million adolescent girls living in poverty in the developing world. By giving one of these girls a chance, you start the girl effect. When girls have safe places to meet, education, legal protection, health care, and access to training and job skills, they can thrive. And if they thrive, everyone around them thrives, too. Click here to get involved.

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