Weekly Roundup

My weekly take on the news from the Girl Justice movement (locally, nationally, and internationally). 

Local

The Kick-Off meeting for the King County Youth Action plan is next week! The Youth Action Plan Task Force will develop a plan to invest $75 million in youth programs. The kick-off is open to the public.

Reel Grrls is hiring a Summer Fellowship Project coordinator to work with youth who make professional quality videos for non-profit clients.

School’s Out Washington released two great posts: One is an interview with the Community Day School Association about their experience using the School-Age Program Quality Assessment. The other “12 things you can do to Build Public Will around your summer program” is exactly what it sounds like!

Girls on the Run site applications are due Monday! If you want to start a club, get your application in by Monday!

National

Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd, explained the four changes Harvey Mudd made to get more women into computer science and electrical engineering majors. Rashni Kasad, Program Manager at Techbridge, an Oakland based non-profit (in the process of opening a Seattle office) that works with girls and STEM, echoed Klawe’s argument in her piece about the importance of role models.

Forget People’s 50 most beautiful! Montgomery Jones at the Spark Movement calls on the media to highlight what really matters about Lupita Nyongo: She’s smart, she’s talented, and she’s challenging the status quo.

Do you have something to say about real beauty? Create a PSA for the Free Being MePSA contest sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the USA and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Have a girl in your life? Author Lori Day at the Representation Project writes about using mother-daughter book clubs to spark conversation about stereotypes and the media portrayal of girls.

International

It’s been a month since almost 300 Nigerian girls were kidnapped. Half the Sky suggests 4 things you can do. Ms Magazine’s Andy Kopsa calls on corporations that do business in Nigeria to pressure the government. Kopsa urges consumers to start lobby corporations to take real action, not just tweet.

I focused on girl justice during my time in the Peace Corps, so I was thrilled to read about a partnership between Girl Hub Ethiopia (part of the Girl Effect) and the Peace Corps to start gender clubs for girls. You rock!

In Rwanda, boys are dressing up as girls and lining up to receive copies of a Ni Nyampinga, a magazine designed to empower teen girls. Great illustration of how sexism hurts everyone, and feminism is the solution! 

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