Campus and Community Groups Collaborate to Bring “Girl Rising” to Moscow

Monday, August 26 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Women’s Center will team up with a number of campus and community organizations to host a screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Girl Rising” on Sept. 3 at 7:30 the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre.

“The film aligns perfectly with our mission to promote, educate, and advocate for gender equity,” said Lysa Salsbury, director of the Women’s Center. ”As our new and returning students embark on a journey of learning and discovery at the University of Idaho, hearing about the lives of girls and young women who live in countries where their education is not a priority will undoubtedly strike a chord.”

Salsbury said audiences love “Girl Rising.” The groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, tells the story of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits. Their dreams, their voices, and their remarkable lives are captured in an unforgettable feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

“Higher education is a privilege, and sadly, far from the reality experienced by most women and girls around the world,” said Salsbury. “The power of education to transform families,
communities, and economies cannot be underestimated—when you educate a girl, you can break the cycle of poverty within a single generation. By educating girls, we can change the world.

The documentary features stories written by renowned writers from each girl’s country, and narrated by esteemed actors Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek, Chloë Grace Moretz, Selena Gomez, Freida Pinto and Alicia Keys. The film is rated PG-13. Visit to view a 2-min. trailer.

“I hope students will gain a greater appreciation for and commitment to the opportunity they have to attend the University of Idaho,” said Salsbury. “And that maybe they’ll even be inspired to get involved in initiatives to promote the education of girls on a global scale.”

General admission tickets are $10. To purchase tickets in advance with a credit card, please visit Tickets will also be available for purchase by cash or check only at the door. A special admission rate for student and seniors of $3 will be available at the door. The event is a fundraiser for 10x10, a global action campaign for girls' education.

The screening is part of the City of Moscow's Inclusive Communities Week 2013, which includes
the following additional events:

City of Moscow’s Inclusive Communities Week 2013—“Women and Work”

Friday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – U-Idaho Women’s Center’s FEMfest Women’s Equality Day celebration and Feminist Fair, University of Idaho Commons Plaza

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7:30-9 p.m. – “Girl Rising” screening, Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. – Panel discussion on the global status of girls’ education, Moscow City Hall

Saturday, Sept. 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – “Women and Work” display and information table, Moscow Farmer’s Market

Inclusive Communities Week 2013 events are co-sponsored by the University of Idaho Women's Center, LGBTQA Office, Office of Human Rights, Access, & Inclusion, and the Martin Institute; the Latah County Human Rights Task Force; the City of Moscow's Human Rights Commission; Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, and the Purple Paisley Quilters of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse.

For more information, please contact the University of Idaho Women’s Center at 208-885-2777,, or Lynn Ate of the Latah County Human Rights Task Force, at
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Media Contact: Lysa Salsbury, Director, University of Idaho Women’s Center, (208) 885-2777,