October 11th was the first International Day of the Girl, recognized by NGOs around the world via a series of awareness strategies and marked by the United Nations by the passing of resolutions and sharing of statistics. It was also the day that 14 year-old Malala Yousufzai was in a Pakistani hospital fighting for her life after being shot in the head by a Taliban militant because she used her voice and intellect to advocate for access to education for girls. The latter incident is a shocking reminder of how far girls still have to go and how much they risk in imagining a world ...more
In commemoration of President’s day, 2011, I posted a blog titled, “No Periods for US Presidents”. I am doing a repost with revisions inspired by Anita Finlay’s book, Dirty Words On Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, A Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening. Anita Finlay is also a BlogHer blogger. ...more
My daughter Franny, who turns ten this month, has just started working as a Mother's Helper one afternoon a week after school. She works for a SAHM who needs a couple hours of sanity. She folds laundry and sweeps. She plays with two-year-old Juniper, pushing her on the swing, dressing doll babies, having tea parties."I helped Juniper go to the bathroom," Franny told me proudly. "I wiped her butt. Don't worry, I washed my hands afterward."...more
As people begin to assess what they want in life, they have to be honest about whether or not they are taking active steps in their life to achieve their goals. A dream is just that, a dream. A goal; however, entails failure, success and learning.
For people to truly know themselves and their goals, they must be aware....more
Last night was movie night, and I let my 11 year old daughter choose. Hundreds of movies to choose from, and she picked “Gulliver’s Travels”. I think she picked it because she fell in love with Jack Black as Po in the Kung Fu Panda movies. I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the character ofPo, but it didn’t make me want to run out and watch all of Jack’s movies. It’s not that I hate Jack Black (School of Rock anyone?) – It’s just that there are so many other movies I’d rather see. But it wasn’t my turn to choose – so we popped our corn, poured our beverages and sat back to enjoy....more
Now Recruiting for Fall! Join us in helping to change the lives of girls! Girls For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers thousands of teen girls to create and lead social change. GFC provides girls with professional female role models, leadership training and the inspiration to work together in teams to solve persistent societal problems in their communities. ...more
1 2 3 4 DO YOU KNOW WHAT A LEPTON'S FOR? What about quarks? Nuclear fusion? How about the Theory of Relativity? If all this science jargon sounds like, well, science jargon, it’s time you got a Brain Makeover. And who better to help boost your science self-esteem than a squad of Science Cheerleaders, a group of professional cheerleaders promoting science literacy one cheer at a time.