September 9, 2019 Share

Breakthrough Breakfast to benefit Girls’ Education Globally

In Western nations girls’ education is a given. We are fortunate to reside in a bucolic area of affluence and influence. We enjoy access to exceptional education and an abundance of amenities, many of which we often take for granted, including the basic luxury of literacy.

Fran Hauser is speaking in Basking Ridge on October 11th.

Room to Read volunteer Megan Lipset shares some perspective from her summer at the beach immersed in a book and flanked by her daughters doing the same: “I am keenly aware that a lazy summer afternoon is an impossibly luxury for many girls around the globe. But what I never truly understood, until I connected with Room to Read, is that even being transported by a book is out of reach for millions of girls. Out of the 750 million people who are illiterate world-wide, two-thirds are women and girls. They cannot be swept away by a mind-opening narrative, but they also cannot read about how their bodies work, read a map or sign their names. In short, their stories are not within their control.”

Room to Read has helped over 90,000 girls complete secondary school. Girls who are allowed and encouraged to stay in school marry later, have fewer children, educate those children and invest their increased earnings back into their community. Want to fight climate change? Educate a girl. Out of the 100 most powerful solutions to reversing global warming, educating girls was ranked number 6, ahead of rooftop solar panels (#10) and electric vehicles (#26).

Please join the Room to Read NJ Chapter for a Breakthrough Breakfast to benefit girls’ education globally in Basking Ridge on International Day of the Girl, Friday October 11th. Fran Hauser is an author, media executive and start-up investor speaking at the newly renovated Delta Hotel in Basking Ridge about her book, The Myth of the Nice Girl. Would you like to help solve conflict, climate change, perpetual poverty and education in one fell swoop? Educate a girl. 100% of ticket proceeds from this event go directly to Room to Read.

World Change Starts With Educated Children

Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor and best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl. She’s held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including PEOPLE, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly and AOL. Now a startup investor who largely invests in female founders, Fran was named one of Business Insider’s “30 Women In Venture Capital to Watch in 2018.” Fran and The Myth of the Nice Girl have been featured on a wide range of outlets including NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, PEOPLE, Fortune, TIME, Fast Company,, Business Insider, Elle, and many more. The Myth of the Nice Girl was named Audible’s Best Business Book of 2018 and one of Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Books of 2018, among other accolades. Fran is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and writes a regular career advice column for Refinery29.

The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated annually on 11th October. The main aims of the day are to promote girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face.

For more information please contact Room to Read NJ Chapter Leader Nicole Smith at