Girl Justice Roundup

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

Local

Ann Muno, Director of Advocacy at Girls Scouts of Western Washington, contributed an Op-Ed to Youth Today about girls’ career aspirations. Through a series of focus groups, Muno found that girls express interest in the helping careers, rather than higher paying fields of STEM, trades, and entrepreneurship.

One week left to buy your tickets for the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls gala! Get your tickets to this awesome girl power party by November 7. 

Girl Scouts of Western Washington needs volunteers to help move 2,600 girls off of wait lists and into troops. Think you need to be a mom to volunteer? Think again! Read the story of two women who started a troop in their twenties.

A Junior at the University of Washington reached a $120,000 settlement with Seattle Girls School for bullying she experienced as a student from 2006-2009.

Girls on the Run kicks off a new program for men who want to support girls with a kick boxing class at Cappy’s Gym.

National

CNN did a beautiful iReport where they asked readers to submit photographs of girls in STEM around the world. 

“High heels: Low grades: Internalized Sexualization and Academic Orientation Among Adolescent Girls”, a paper published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, shares the results of two experiments that support the hypothesis that internal sexualization reduces academic success in girls aged 10-15.  For a journalistic treatment of the study, check out the Christian Science Monitor.

In light of Mo’ne Davis’s Chevrolet add and the dismissal of PGA President Ted Bishop, Barbara Barker asks “Isn’t it time we stopped using the word ‘girl’ in a derogatory manner?”

Recent Girl Scouts Research Institute released a study that shows that while most girls are interested in making a difference in their communities, only a third report interest in running to office. 

Anna Thériault at Ms. Magazine takes apart the cussing princess viral video for a business model she describes as “take something that people care deeply about, commodify it, and then make money.” She continues “using little girls as shock-value props in their t-shirt commercial is not feminist in any sense of the word. No little kid should have to wonder aloud whether or not they’ll be raped one day, and especially not just so some grownup can make money.”

International

A report from the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) calls out major brands for abuse of teenage girl employees in their factories. 

If you missed the Girl(s) 20 Summit in London last August, you can read all about it and watch their recap video. 

Update from Girl Hub on Ethiopia’s commitment to end child marriage by 2025.