Weekly Roundup

My weekly take on the news from the Girl Justice movement (locally, nationally, and internationally). Please share what you have been reading in the comments!

Local

Katherine Ball, an awesome young woman, is profiled all over the internet for her groundbreaking research and community education campaign on plastics in puget sound. You can read about her in the Everett Herald and on the Girls Scouts of Western Washington blog. She earned the Girl Scouts Gold Award for her work, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Congrats Katherine!!

Speaking of awesome young women doing awesome things, Sierra Anderson and Hannah Banks made a video of girls speaking out about media and body image for their senior project.

Looking for an awesome job?

If volunteer work is more up your ally, perhaps you should propose a panel for Geek Girl Con!

National

Celebrate Earth Day with a girl in your life! April 22 is a great day to remember girls and women who inspire us to take action. A Mighty Girl recommends books and movies to mark the occasion and learn more.

Soraya Chemaly re-posted her story Teen Girls: Depression? Really? How About Anger and Powerlessness?” in response to Katy Klay and Claire Shipman’s piece “The Confidence Gap”. Good reminder that these issues are the result of sexism and patriarchy, and not cured by individual action alone. 

Want to fight back against the sexualization of girls? Join the SPARK team! I would totally do it (if they would have me), but I’m too old. Girls age 13-22! Live my dream for me!! If you want to get an idea of what they are all about, read Kimberly Belmonte’s piece on sexualization of girls in teen magazines while you’re there.

International

Rocio Ortega of Girl Up profiles Fautima, a girl leader she met at the Aw-barre refuge camp in Ethiopia.

Dee Putri wrote an interesting piece on Waria (assigned-male-at-birth transgender people) in Indonesia, and the struggles that they face.

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