The fact Fyona Coulton would be educated as a young girl was never up for discussion.
Equally so, her daughter Ruby would also head off to school without question.
But when the Oakhampton mother and daughter sat in a Sydney cinema to watch a feature film about nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances, an awakening occurred.
“When I saw the trailer for Girl Rising I got goosebumps and I really wanted to take Ruby because she’s almost 11 and needs to understand she’s a pretty lucky girl,” Ms Coulton said.
Since then Ms Coulton has launched a Maitland campaign to bring Girl Rising to the city. Her mission is to find somewhere to screen the film.
“I really want this to come to Maitland because I think there are so many teenage girls who seem to have this entitlement complex,” Ms Coulton said.
“And this is such an amazing film because these are not all hard luck stories or good outcome stories. It’s fairly graphic in its wording and it’s hard to watch in some parts, but it’s also truly beautiful.”
Ms Coulton plans to make the movie available to schools across the area following an initial fund-raising screening.
Girl Rising demonstrates the power of education to change a girl and the world.
Each girl’s story is written by a renowned writer from her native country and the stories are narrated by celebrated actresses including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington.