My take on the news from the Girl Justice movement (locally, nationally, and internationally).
The Washington State Budget and Policy Center and Annie E Casey Foundation released an incredible new tool: The Racial Equity Policy Tool. This tool builds on tools developed by King County, the City of Seattle, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Race Forward to focus on how policies impact children and youth of color.
Lake Washington Girls’ Middle School and Google for Entrepreneurs are teaming up to host a startup weekend for girls May 15-17. They are looking for sponsors and mentors. More details on the schedule at the startup weekend page.
The Women’s Funding Alliance released not one but TWO requests for proposals, one for programs that promote girls in STEM, and the other for women’s community leadership, which includes program working to equip women from underrepresented groups for leadership roles.
If you’re wondering why we need to fund programs that promote girls in STEM, check out this article about a study by the Institution of Engineering and Technology that reveals how outdated stereotypes prevents girls from pursuing STEM opportunities.
Great piece by Marissa Rangonese at the Spark blog about a recent intervention/study that looked at “how low-income 12-14-year-old Black girls deal with sexualization, ethnic stereotypes and violence in their communities.”
Another article in the Washington Post highlighted the importance of exactly this kind of research. Khadijah Costley White, a professor of journalism at Rutgers, writes about the disproportionate school discipline and racism that black girls face, and argues that black girls need as much attention as black boys and men.
Ignite: Women Fueling Science and Technology (a project of the geniuses at the Global Fund for Women) created Geeks: an amazing website where “we meet girls who are on the cutting edge of science and technology — sitting in the drivers’ seats as inventors, explorers, designers, and innovators.” I just love this so much.
A study by the Government Equalities office in the UK finds that 20% of girls in primary school have been on a diet, and 87% of adolescent girls think women are evaluated more on their looks than their ability.
Stephanie Psaki of the Population Council questions the assumption that pregnancy causes girls to drop out of school, urging us to really interrogate the causes of drop outs so that we can design more effective interventions.