Growing up as a girl can be confusing and scary at times, no matter where you live. Today, Oct. 11, is International Day of the Girl, a movement to bring awareness to the issues girls around the world face. The day, which started as a United Nations initiative, helps shed light not only on the issues—among them child marriage, sexual violence, limited access to education, and lack of equal opportunities—but on ways you can get involved and help make girls' lives better as well.
Families, teachers, bosses, and friends can all directly provide support—and guidance from a person who has lived through it can make a huge difference. Advice can also come from afar: Some of Hollywood's biggest names have overcome many tribulations before finding confidence and success.
To mark International Day of the Girl this year, we rounded up thoughts from 10 female stars on what they would want to tell young girls and women around the world. Some responses are detailed, while others are short and sweet, but one thing is certain: all of their words are empowering. Read below for the solid advice they imparted upon InStyle: Trust us, it's worthy of sharing with mothers, daughters, girlfriends, friends, and beyond.
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