Girl Justice Roundup

My take on the local, national, and international girl justice news.

I’m switching back to the old roundup format. It’s good to try new things, but sometimes the old things work best. Let me know if you miss paper.li, and I’ll take it under advisement. For now, back to the classic format.

Local

Girls on the Run Snohomish County partners with the Snohomish Women’s Run and Everett Marathon:  The marathon will donate $5 to Girls on the Run every time a registrant uses the code GOTR (and the runner gets a $1). For the Women’s Run, you can make a donation directly from the registration page. Go GOTR Snohomish County!

9-Year-Old Seattle Girl Designs a Scarf that Doubles as a Seattle Weather Chart (Komo News): A great argument for combining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the Arts to create STEAM. Unleash the creativity!

Ladies First Thanks Stewart Middle School: Check out photographs of their hard work this year. Always amazed by these women!

National

These Middle School Girls Had an Idea that Could Help Alzheimer’s Patients Remember Loved Ones (Huffington Post)The girls developed an app that uses facial recognition software to help Alzheimer’s patients recognize their loved ones. Way to create tech that makes a difference!

#blackgirlsmatter: When Girls are Policed Out of School (Ms. Magazine): Ms. examines the differential discipline that girls of color face. Black girls are suspended six times as often as white girls. Thanks to Anita Little at Ms. for highlighting this important new research, and the need for more advocacy and action in support of girls of color.

Police Shoot and Kill Two Teenage Girls in Two Weeks (Centre for Research on Globalization): The article recounts the tragic deaths of two 17-year-old girls, one in Denver and one in Texas. A horrible reminder of the pressing need to address policing.

Girl Scouts Profiles Powerful African American Women for Black History Month (Girl Scouts of the USA): Check out the profiles on Admiral Michelle J HowardCongresswoman Barbara Lee and Gloria R Scott, the Girl Scouts’ first ever black national president. Love reading about powerful women, past and present! And a big congratulations to Girl Scouts of the USA for being named one of the world’s most innovative non-profits by Fast Company!!

Head over to Smart Girls at the Party for a Black History Month Reading List and Galentines Day cards to share with the women and girls who light up your life. Happy Galentine’s Day and Black History Month!

The Best and Worse States for Young Women (Glamour): Glamour gives us an advanced look at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)‘s report on the best and worst states for young women. The study looks at economic, physical and mental health, happiness, and employment indicators. The full report comes out this spring, and you can sign up to be the first to hear about it!

International

The Girl Effect talk to Zuriel Oduwole (The Girl Effect): The 12-year-old founder of Dream Up, Speak Up, who has already met 14 world leaders, shares what she would like the world to know about what a girl can do. I want her to be my best friend!

Save the Date for Girl(s) 20 Turkey (Girl(s) 20): Mark your calendar for October 5 and 6. The fifth Girl(s) 20 conference will address issues of labor force participation, economic growth, entrepreneurship, and youth unemployment. In 2015, the conference heads to Istanbul. Women aged 18-23 can apply to participate as delegates. 

Girls Globe interviews author and Girl Advocate Nadia Hashimi (Girls Globe): Check out the interview, then curl up with a good book over the long weekend. Enjoy!

Child, Bride, Mother (NY Times): The Times ran an exclusive on child marriage in Guatemala. The story features words and photographs of girls as young as 14 who married and had children. The author, Stephanie Sinclair, is the founder of Too Young to Wed.