Empowering girls and women for life.

Poems About Our Bodies

These poems were written by Mattie J. T. Stepanek, a very inspiring boy who wrote poems and advocated for people to treat each other peacefully and with love. You can learn more about him by visiting his website here: Mattie Online. The Smell of a Noise Shhh… I smell something. It smells like a noise. Like…

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Fairy Tales for Strong Girls

Turning fairy tale characters into strong and confident girls and women: We know that reading stories to our children makes a difference for all kinds of reasons. Try this: When telling stories to your child, create female characters who are self assured, empowered, and who are comfortable asserting themselves. If you are reading a story…

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Make Believe Play

Encourage Dress Up and Make Believe Play: Collect dress up clothes and items that represent different types of people and various future careers. Yard sales, thrift shops, friends and your own attic can provide a spectrum of imagination-stimulating items. Tools for doctors, gardeners, auto mechanics, ballerinas and more can all help your daughter enjoy make…

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The “Who Loves You?” Game

This is a fun and helpful game for car trips and walks in the park! Have your daughter (or son) name all the people that love her or him. The list can include family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, religious community friends, and more. This game will help your child build self esteem and a…

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Resources on Media Literacy for Young Women

Books: Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel by Jean Kilbourne and Mary Pipher Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown Websites: http://www.about-face.org Dove/Campaign for Real Beauty: http://www.dove.us/social-mission/campaign-for-real-beauty.aspx Short clip on “what it takes to make an ad”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hibyAJOSW8U Dove/Campaign for Real Beauty…

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