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Teenage girls took over some of the world's top jobs today

11th October 2016

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What do the UN, the Indian police department and Ireland’s mayoral office all have in common? Can’t guess off the top of your head? Okay, we’ll tell you. Today, they all had teenage girls running them in honour of International Day of the Girl Child.

These aren’t the only places with teenage girls in top office: everywhere from the Spanish Congress to the European Commission joined the job swap, which was run by charity Plan International.

International Day of the Girl Child is an awareness day established by the UN in 2011 to celebrate girls and tackle gender inequality.

Etain Sweeney Keogh is 18 years old and from Leitrim in Ireland, and today she took over some of Ireland’s top jobs - acting as the lord mayor of Dublin’s office, shadow a senator and also opening a national Irish radio show. Not bad for a day’s work.

These job swaps have a really powerful significance: it puts girls in important roles where women are under-represented, with the hope to inspire a new generation of young women to aim high.

And Etain is not alone. Here are some of the other girls showing us how it’s done.

Some of these teenagers took over the job for the whole day, and others held meetings and events in the top role.

Follow the hashtag #GirlsTakeover to see these teenagers bossing it. We bet it’s going to make you reconsider what you were doing as a teenager.

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