In our generation, the revered Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, said; "Let every woman-young girls included-add her holy light to illuminate the world shrouded in darkness and confusion."
Lighting Shabbat candles is the historic responsibility of every Jewish wife and mother. But in our times their light is not enough... Today we need the holy flame of every Jewish girl in order to keep the forces of darkness at bay. Jewish Girls! Your mothers need you. Your people need you. Your future as a Jewish woman cries out for you to enter its service now. Jewish Mothers! As soon as your daughter is old enough to recite the blessing, teach her to kindle her own Shabbat candle. Because darkness is all around us, and only you have the power to drive it away.