Here’s an Idea–What If We Empowered Girls…

…instead of disempowering them?

By now you’ve heard the flack about the JC Penny t-shirt that was being sold in the girl’s department (no longer for sale) emblazoned with the pathetic phrase, “I’m too pretty to do Homework…so my brother has to do it for me.” Talk about a back-to-school FAIL…but the department store got it right and took action, taking it off the shelves and website, agreeing it was a lapse in judgment to put that message out there for young women.

I wish the balance of the universe was such that for every step backward like that (because that shirt was designed by someone after a pitch meeting to a group of decision makers, who said, “Sure, let’s mass produce that” then put through the many steps of production and distribution and marketing…and nobody thought better of it) there was a great step forward, like the work of WriteGirl. Here is a non-profit organization for high school-aged girls who are mentored by professional women writers and learn greater expression and empowerment through creative writing. Potential volunteer mentors can find out more here, but even if your life’s work is not wordsmithing, you can still support this valiant cause. The power that comes form discovering that you have a voice, and not only a voice, but a voice with important and true and beautiful things to say, is an amazing revelation. May every young person have that Ah-Ha moment early, and repeatedly. We all just want to be heard and seen–it’s not so much to ask, really, is it?

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by wordsfallfrommyeyes on September 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    I like your post very much. Indeed: what if we empowered girls instead of disempowered them…. IMAGINE!

    Reply

  2. Absolutely LOVE this! Have you seen the Girl Effect? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8xgF0JtVg

    Thanks again!

    Reply

    • Posted by wordsfallfrommyeyes on September 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      I checked out the video. It was great – really great animation, and well paced. It was really great. Thanks!

      Reply

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