Film screening of “Girl Rising” presented by the WSU Common Reading Program Feb. 15

PULLMAN, Wash.— The Washington State University Common Reading Program presents a screening of “Girl Rising” on Wed., Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in CUE 203. The screening is free and open to the public. 

This documentary tells the stories of nine girls from developing countries, such as Sierra Leone, Egypt, and Haiti, as they overcome obstacles to get an education.  The film, made in 2013, illustrates how educating girls can transform families and communities, break the cycle of poverty, and change the fates of women. 

The 101-minute documentary is directed by the Academy Award-nominated, Richard Robbins.  Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, and other actresses lend their voices to narrate the girls’ stories. 

The Common Reading Program began in Pullman in 2007 to help students, their teachers, and the community better engage in academically centered critical thinking, communication, research, and learning around a body of shared information presented in a single, specially selected book. This year’s book, I Am Malala, addresses the program’s 2015-2017 theme of “social justice and leadership.”

For more information about the Common Reading and upcoming events visit


Karen Weathermon, Common Reading Program co-director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488,

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458,