Girl Justice Roundup

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

Local

Attend a community conversation about Youth Development in King County! Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) has the details. Especially as dollars drop even as demand for programming grows.

Visit with Ladies First and Girl Scouts of Western Washington at Tacoma Makes a Difference Day, Tacoma’s volunteer fair.

If you’re looking to grow your cross cultural communication skills (and really: we all need to do that) Seattle Girls School is hosting a workshop hosted by Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee on Wednesday night. In other SGS news, check out their sweet blog post written by the school’s founder Sharon Hammel.

This month’s Seattle’s Child includes an article about how to get girls involved in STEM.

Garfield students are taking a stand again police brutality.

National

Girls changing the world! 12-year-old McKenna Peterson called out Dick’s Sporting Goods for including only one girl (a spectator) in their catalogue. Dicks released a statement saying they “are currently reviewing our catalog process so we can do a better job in the future.” Go McKenna go!!

Youth Today profiles young women celebrating Day of the Girl. Girls across the country held events to raise the profile of girls’ issues worldwide. Girls are just the greatest.

Teen Feminist shares the ten reasons why she needs feminism.

Nobody wants to admit that their kid might be the bad guy, but Everyday Feminism has tips to recognize if your kids is the bully (and what to do about it).

At their national convention, Girl Scouts are examining the relative roles of STEM and outdoor leadership. Check out The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and NPR for the story.

International

The Gates Foundation looks at the connection between Women and Girls issues and sanitation.

A Canadian group connects women and girls across generations to explore aging through film.

Melissa Hillenbrenner at the UN Foundation writes about the importance of a birth certificate for every girl. 

One more article in the Malala love-fest: Policy Mic shares 8 ways that Malala has changed the world.

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Girl Justice Roundup

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

Local

The theme from local news this week is congratulations, congratulations, congratulations (and one major bummer).

Congratulations to Nancy Chang, the new Executive Director at Reel Grrls! Before taking the helm at Reel Grrls, change founded and led the board of Skate Like a Girl.

Congratulations to Techbridge on their successful launch of their middle school STEM program.

Congratulations to Geek Girl Con on their fourth annual conference. If you missed it, they live blogged it!

Congratulations to Girl Scout Brook Sahli! She received her gold award for her anti-bullying project. Three of her Girl Scout sisters in Mukilteo who launched their own anti-bullying project got recognized by the city. Way to go girls!

Congratulations to Powerful Voices staff starting new roles at the organization. Check out who’s moving where on their blog.

Major Bummer: School’s Out Washington reports on a study by the Afterschool Alliance that places Washington in the “Bottom 10 for States in Nation for Afterschool Participation.” Not good guys, not good.

National

The Girl Scouts Research Institute report on girl wellbeing is generating a lot of media interest: “10 Best & Worst States to Raise a Girl: Is Yours on the List?” at Cafe Mom, “Indiana fares poorly on survey of girls’ well-being” at Pal-Item, “The 10 Best States to Be a Little Girl in America: Research” at The Street.

Corinne Gaston at Ms. Magazine wrote an excellent critique of the He-For-She campaign, questioning what online activism means in the real world, including five tips for how to “live your like.”

The dress code wars continue! The latest code out of North Dakota bans tight jeans, leggings, and jeggings because they make girls like prostitutes (according to administrators). Ms. Magazine very helpfully suggests 4 other clothing items that schools should ban so that boys can concentrate. (also by Corinne Gaston)

The Carnegie Science Center in Pennsylvania drew ire after offering a wide array of science programs to Boy Scouts, and the only “Science with a Sparkle”, the science of make-up, to Girl Scouts. 

Smart Girls at the Party has been acquired by digital media company Legendary Entertainment. Watch Amy’s video on the site to find out what happens next. This could mean shows featuring girls changing the world by being themselves.

International

The Girl Effect makes the connection between violence in Syria and violence against girls, and calls on us to work to end all violence against girls.

Interesting piece at Girls’ Globe on “Why Menstruation Matters.” 

And one last Malala piece (for now): “15 Times Malala Nailed It” from Global Citizen.

Special Roundup: Day of the Girl and Malala Yusafzai Edition

International Day of the Girl AND the Malala Yusafzai’s exciting Nobel Prize victory raised the profile of girl issues, and generated a multitude of blog posts and articles. This special bonus edition of the roundup recaps the highlights for those who don’t want to miss a thing!

Malala Yusafzai Wins the Nobel Prize!

The Girl Effect: Malala Yusafzai wins Nobel Prize

Ms. Magazine: We Heart: Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yusafzai

The Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts Congratulates Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Malala Yousafzai, Youngest Winner Ever

International Day of the Girl! 

Let Girls Lead released a series of blog posts profiling girls making change in their communities. They kicked off the series with a post in the Huffington with a profoundly simple mantra: girls matter everywhere. LOVE IT! While this is not strictly Day of the Girl related, you should also read this article: “A Teen Girl’s Secret To Finding Real Power? Fix Something That’s Broken”

Kathy Calvin, the CEO of the United Nations Foundation, wrote a piece on the Huffington Post reminding us that “Girls are powerful agents of change who lift up their families, their communities, and the world.”

GirlUp encouraged us to submit photos of girls doing amazing things with the hashtag #GIRLHERO. You can see the photos and read profiles of three heroes: Memory Banda, Munira Khalif, and Emma Watson.

The Girl Effect reflected on progress made since last year, and the work that remains, and called on world leaders to “advocate for girls.”

The Girl Scouts encouraged adults to celebrate by learning about coding with the girls in their life.

Happy Day of the Girl!

Today is the day!! Oh happy day. I’ll have a roundup of the news tomorrow, but today I’d like to share a letter from Brandi and I, the co-presidents of the NW Girls Coalition. The coalition has been busy!

Hope you enjoy!

Dear Northwest Girls Coalition Partners and Supporters,

Happy Day of the Girl! We are thrilled to celebrate girls and our girl justice community today. This year, we have the added pleasure of celebrating a Nobel Prize winner from within the ranks of our movement! We’d like to congratulate Malala Yusafzai and thank her for her tireless work on behalf of girls across the globe.

There are a lot of ways to celebrate today: Join the conversation on social media, make a gift to your favorite girl-serving organization, sign on to the Day of the Girl Proclamation Pledge, or spend quality time with a girl in your life.

However you choose to celebrate Day of the Girl, we don’t want it to stop there! Check out our calendar for upcoming events in our community. Send us an e-mail to have your event included, too.

We’d like to celebrate today by reflecting on what the NWGC Leadership Council has done this year. We’ve been on a listening campaign, connecting with members of the girl-serving community to hear what you want and need from your coalition. We’re not done, but we wanted to share some of what we’ve been up to:

January: Annual Leadership Council Retreat
March: NWGC Resource Fair at Seattle Asian Art Museum
April: Resource table at Powerful Voices Girlvolution
May: Resource table at Gates Foundation’s Volunteer Fair and Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG
June: Attendance at Girls Can Do conference
July: NWGC Happy Hour at Elliott Bay Brewery in Lake City
August: Leadership Council reunion and a NWGC Happy Hour at Machine House Brewery in Georgetown

So what comes next? Leadership Council members will be reaching out to our members to ask what you want and need from us. As our strategic plan’s timeframe comes to an end, we’re looking for new board members who can join us in creating a powerful plan for the next few years. We want you to be a part of that process! Reach out to us via e-mail, social media, carrier pigeon, or bullhorn with your feedback, and tell us how you would like to get involved.

It is an honor to serve you. Until soon!

Brandi and Alison
Northwest Girls’ Coalition Co-Presidents
brandi@nwgirlscoalition.org
alison@nwgirlscoalition.org