Girl Justice Roundup

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

Local

Girls on the Run needs more coaches at ten sites, or girls may miss out on the opportunity to participate. Yikes! If you’re looking for a great volunteer gig, help them out! Check their site for more info about coaching.

Congratulations to City Club’s 2014 Youth Civic Education award winners: Nathan Hale High School’s Dessert and Politics, Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team (FEEST), Judges in the Classroom, Legislative Youth Advisory Council, and the REWA Youth Program.

Need to clean out your wallet? You can drop your spare change at Coinstar, who will donate up to $100,000 to the Seahawk’s Spirit of 12 partners. (Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Boys and Girls’ Club Washington State Association, YMCA of Greater Seattle, Treehouse for Kids and Camp Fire Snohomish County)

If you’re looking for fall activities or volunteer opportunities, consider a Girl Scouts of Western Washington Super Sign Up Saturday. You can learn about Girl Scouting all over Western Washington from 2:00-4:00 on September 27.

The Girl Scouts also teamed up with the Seattle Women’s Commission to conducted a focus group with women in government about economic security for girls. I’m really forward to reading the results!

National

The Girl Scouts blog featured several of their “Young Women of Distinction”, the creme de la crop of the Girls Scouts’ gold award recipients. Read about Monique Tinglin, Catherin Riordan, and Laura M. Robert Rivera’s projects.

Let’s talk studies! An Indiana University study found that a link between girls’ sexual health and academic success: girls are more likely to have sex on days they skip class, and less likely to use condoms on days they fail a test. The Girl Scouts Research Institute released a huge packet of data that compares, state by state, indicators of girls’ success.

Need a book to read? At the Spark Movement, Sam Holmes reviews Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s much lauded book about race in the United States.

International

Rock star Melinda French Gates published a study in Science on the importance of putting women and girls at the center of international development. You can read a summary at the Gates Foundation blog.

At Girls Globe, Judith Bruce at the Population Council, writes about the importance of moving beyond images and stories about girls in poor countries to evidence-based action that targets the poorest 40% of girls.

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