NaNoWriMo, Preorders, and a Good Cause

You may remember me announcing The Belgrave Legacy‘s sequel, Unmoored. I outlined it during October (#NaNoPrep & #Preptober), and am starting to draft it in earnest for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

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In addition to all of that, author Susan Dennard and Kat Braver created The Mighty Pens (#TheMightyPens), a fundraiser for NaNoWriMo participants to raise money for the Malala Fund. Below is my message from my personal fundraising page. Please donate if you can. It goes to support girls’ education, something in which I wholeheartedly believe. The fundraiser will run from today (November 1) to November 30.

I’ve been a feminist for as long as I can remember. Like Maya Angelou said, “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” Remember, feminism=gender equality, not man-hating (that’s misandry).

My internship last summer with Seneca Women (founded by Kim K Azzarelli and Melanie Verveer—google them, they’re freaking awesome), educated me so much on current feminist developments. My Women’s Studies class last semester focused mostly on the past, but both largely agreed on one point: the future is female.

We need to invest in women and girls. And girls’ education is the answer to some of the world’s most pressing problems — war, economic instability, climate change and health crises. Yet more than 130 million girls around the world are unable to go to school.

As Seneca Women regularly points out: if you’re not investing in half of your population, everyone is being held back.

That’s why I started a fundraiser for Malala Fund, the amazing organization founded by education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. They believe in a world where every girl can learn for 12 years and lead without fear — and I agree!

If you do, too, you can support their work by making a donation to my page. The process is fast, easy, and secure — and best of all, it supports a great cause.

Are you with me?

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