My take on the news from the Girl Justice movement (locally, nationally, and internationally).
The Northwest Girls Coalition (NWGC) invites all members of the girl serving community to a happy hour at Machine House Brewery from 5:30-7:30 on August 20. Come drink some great beer, talk about girls issues, and share what you need and want from the coalition.
School’s Out Washington has been busy! They assembled a list of STEM events for back-to-school, and called on us to advocate for continued funding for services for refugee youth.
Geek Girl Con is looking for funding for their DIY Science Zone. If you are into hands-on science (and who isn’t??) for all ages, help them out!
The tragic death of Michael Brown and the murder conviction of Ranisha McBride’s killer have ignited a conversation about the violence that black youth face. Anita Little of Ms. Magazine reframes the violence as a reproductive justice issue: What does the right to bear children or not mean, if you don’t have the right to raise them? Powerful questions at an critical time.
The Representation Project shared a cool “discussion guide” for helping girls focus on what matters in the new school year: their interests, activities, and supporters.
The Grantmakers in Out of School Time (OST) Funders Network released a report on released a report on funders’ priorities in education and OST. Top priorities include STEM, Arts/Music, literacy and enrichment, college prep, and leadership development.
Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis is tearing up the Little League World Series, completely redefining what it means to throw like a girl. James Hildebrand at Ms. Magazine traces the history of girls in Little League.
Art and science collide in Camille A. Brown’s new participatory research project/community initiative BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM. Brown’s dance company will produce a piece based on the research. The piece, tentatively titled “Black Girl,” will “explore the spectrum of identities among African American females.” Mind BLOWN.
Girl Effect shares the story of six graphic novellas co-written by girls from around the world. Check out the Grassroots Girls Book Club. My favorite story is naturally Mabreidy’s, a girl growing up in Cabarete in the Dominican Republic. The initiative is funded by the American Jewish World Service, Global Fund for Children, Global Fund for Women, EMpower—The Emerging Markets Foundation,Firelight Foundation and Mama Cash.
Stephanie Psaki at the Population Council urges us to not just get girls into school, but figure out how to “ranslate schooling into lifelong success for girls in developing countries.”