No matter where you live, being a 15-year-old girl can be tough. For some girls, it’s a fight for independence, the fight to be first in class, or even the fight to win a boy’s heart.
For others, it’s a fight to stay safe from deadly gang violence, the fight against being trapped in an early marriage, or the fight to play sports considered off limits for girls.
During the month of October, NPR Goats and Soda is on a mission to capture the collective experience of being 15 around the world through social media. This action is part of #15Girls, a series about girls who take risks, break rules and defy stereotypes to create a better life for themselves. The objective: Connect you, our audience, with these girls by sharing your own stories.
We’re asking you to post a photo of yourself as a teen, with the answer to this question: What was the hardest thing about being 15?
We welcome submissions from everyone. No answer is too big or too small — everyone has a story to tell.
Share your answers on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @NPR with the hashtag #15Girls. Make sure to include your name, location and current age, and if you’re posting a group photo, tell us which person you are.
Photos: Courtesy of Yasmine San Pedro, Malaka Gharib, Vesta Partovi, Khadija Ahmad, Raliya Nura, Encarni Pindado for NPR