February 18, 2014 - by Beth Malcolm - 10 Comments

Are you creative, passionate, and wanting to make a difference?

This might be your chance to have your voice heard and talents showcased. The Canadian Women’s Foundation is rolling out it’s first-ever Girl’s Voice Video Contest.

You don’t have to have technical skills or any experience. If you care about issues affecting you and other girls in your school or community, you can rock this contest.

February 14, 2014 - by Sarah Barker

Happy Valentines or Galentines Day, depending on which, if either, you choose to celebrate.

This week, Getty Images released a collection of stock photographs of women that aim to change stock photography of women and the former child model for LEGO spoke up about her thoughts around thier current marketing campaign.

The Wall Street Journal continues to victim blaim women for sexual assaults. Perhaps the writers need to check out this helpful blog with tips on what NOT to do when writing about rape.

February 11, 2014 - by Rachel Lloyd - 6 Comments

This post was originally posted on the author Rachel Lloyd's blog at GEMS and is re-published with the authors permission. 

Today I was humiliated. Publicly. It happened at an anti-trafficking event where I was presenting to over 100 law enforcement and I'd just finished a solid, engaging presentation that acknowledged the fact that I was survivor but that didn't go into details about my 'story', concentrating instead on the issue itself, how far we've come and how far we still need to go.

February 7, 2014 - by Sarah Barker - 4 Comments

This week we learn that girls are becoming more aware of gender discrimination by reading a girl’s letter to Lego and applauding superhero costumes created by girls.

An open letter from Dylan Farrow sparks a conversation about artists and young girls while reading a thought-provoking article on rape culture and the highly tweeted rape joke during the Super Bowl.

We learn that texting has changed the way Crisis Hotlines help youth and advice from a mother on how she teaches her daughter about dealing with mean girls.

February 4, 2014 - by Kristen Stevenson

Have you ever heard the expression “don’t hate the player, hate the game”? In the past year, we’ve seen Kim Kardashian riding half naked on a motor cycle, Miley Cyrus naked on a wrecking ball, and headlines regarding Lady Gaga trying to save her career by being even more scandalous in what she wears (or lack thereof).

These women are simply playing the game of “who can get the most attention” and “sex sells” which has been created and packaged by the media in order to advertise to young women that their worth is based on their appearance.

January 31, 2014 - by Sarah Barker

This week we learn about the distinction between participation and perpetration of violence in rape culture while realizing the enormous hate women face as public figures and as artists on the internet.

A 13-year old boy challenges the traditional definition of marriage in his bar mitzvah speech while a writer at the nation discusses Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars.

January 28, 2014 - by Vera Held - 1 Comments

Girls QuiltMartin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Me too.  It’s that girls and women of all ages and stages believe in themselves and boost one another up at every opportunity.

I was telling a story last week to a friend as we walked the track, and she told me not once but twice in a derogatory fashion that I had a strong personality. I quickly told her that my personality strong or otherwise had nothing to do with the story outcome and changed topics.