Today, as we mark the eighth annual International Day of the Girl, a United Nations observance that focuses attention and resources on the fight for girls’ rights and empowerment, I’ve actually been reflecting on boys: that is, how we raise boys in this country.

All my life, I’ve been surrounded by strong, brilliant women. I was raised by a hardworking single mom, a grandmother who taught me what everyday activism looks like, and an aunt who showed me what it means to be a fighter. Especially now that I’m a parent myself — a mother of two young girls — I can’t imagine anything better than providing…

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