With International Women's Day around the corner on March 8, some of Hollywood's most powerful women are joining forces in support of a new film about how education can help overcome even the most unthinkable obstacles. in "Girl Rising," Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and Selena Gomez each help tell the story of nine young women facing injustices like child slavery and arranged marriages who nonetheless become empowered by getting educations.
"This film gives visual corroboration to knowledge we already have: Educating women and girls has the most optimistic, positive effects on families, communities and economies worldwide," Streep said in a statement. "If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future." Premieres for "Girl Rising" are planned for Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.