Abortion - A Necessary Social Ill Towards Our Female Sisters?

By: Sharmin S.

Abortion has become a long and controversial topic for the females of todays society. Many consider this topic to be taboo, but in order to understand it and decipher its positive and negative consequences, we need to inform ourselves and others about it. That being said, many young women of today’s society are forced into aborting their unborn children due to societal pressures, i.e. they were told their actions proved them unworthy  and therefore are forced to abort their children.

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Choosing Your Words Wisely

By: Khristina R.

While completing an internship this past summer in New York City, I decided to spend my free time volunteering with Girls Inc. of New York City, which is an organization that promotes gender equality, involvement in one’s community, and success in academics. Seeing that it would take me about an hour to get from where I was living in the Bronx to the school in Brooklyn where Girls Inc. was located, I applied to be a field trip helper instead of a classroom volunteer because arriving at 12:00pm would be easier for me than arriving at 8:00 am, especially because I’m not a morning person. Also, I found the field trip position to be more interesting than the classroom position. I figured that during the trips I would get a better opportunity to talk to the girls one-on-one, which was a possibility that excited me.

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"I'm Not Interested."

By: Vivian V.

It’s happened to many of us, or maybe we’ve seen it happen to a friend. My friend and I were sitting at a Starbucks, chatting away, when a much older guy pulls up a chair next to her and says, “How old are you? What’s your name?” She responded curtly and quickly, but he continued and asked, “What’s your number? We should hang out.” She responded like almost every young girl has been told to to protect herself and avert the conversation, “I have a boyfriend. We’ve been dating for four months.” Now, in this particular situation, my friend didn’t have a boyfriend, but even if she did – is that the only thing she could say that would end unwanted flirtation?

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The Scariest of All Halloween Costumes

By: Calla G.

Ah, yes: it’s that time of year again. As the leaves fall from the trees and carpet the world with a golden dance floor, we use the chilly weather as a justification to drink way too many pumpkin spiced lattes. Gourds are being turned into great works of art, and dentists are drooling over the *cha-ching* of the influx of little children with candy-coma cavities that will soon be headed their way. When I was younger, Halloween was all about the costumes. For me, it was the opportunity to transform myself into something delightfully unrealistic. It wasn’t about the fright or thrill, but rather the fantasy that was to be found in the limitless possibility of my imagination. My debut as a pumpkin, a pirate, and even Ozzy Osborn hold fall memories of going door to door and moaning “Shaaarrroooon, bring me some caaaannddyyyy”.

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By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation

By: Joanne C.

Good morning, it’s the second ever International Day of the Girl Child!! AND now it’s the FIRST EVER Day of the Girl in the United States! Yesterday, President Obama released an official Presidential Proclamation making it official!

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What you can do TODAY! #DayoftheGirl

By: Joanne C.

This Day of the Girl, we want people to take action and spread the word. These are things you can do, and you should do, to make a change. We are building a movement. A world wide revolution. Be a part of it. Here are some quick and easy things you can do to make today BIG.
1) Cover everyone’s social media feeds with orange and teal fists! Change your profile picture to our logo, or post a picture of the logo as your status. Remember to #dayofthegirl and tag @dayofthegirl or our Facebook Page.
2) Make #dayofthegirl a trend everywhere! Tweet, post, retumblr or instagram any of our or your own statistics, quotes, images, etc. Tell us why you need the Day of the Girl!
3) Let’s support Malala! Her book, I am Malala, just came out and she’s just amazingly inspiring in general!  Tweet #IamMalala and make her famous!

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Action Team Member Wins Essay Contest

By: Joanne C.

We can’t believe it! One of our Action Team members, Julia Fine, wrote an essay for a CNN contest. And her piece was picked by Malala as the winner!! Julia gets to meet Malala as she’s interviewed for a CNN special, 12 hours before she hopefully wins the Nobel Peace Prize. This is so exciting, congrats Julia!

You can read Julia’s winning essay below, reprinted from CNN.

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A Girl Called Problem–Fiction Meets the Day of the Girl

By: Joanne C.

This post is written by Katie Quirk, who is the author of the middle-grade novel A Girl Called Problem.

When people ask what inspired me to write my middle-grade novel set in Tanzania, A Girl Called Problem, my answer always boils down to one word: girls. Here’s a short video a Tanzanian friend and I put together that begins to explain why:

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Wanted: Adequate Role Models, Inquire Within

By: Erin M. 

Young girls are in desperate need of role models and mentors. They are told to look up to pop-stars and actresses like Selena Gomez, Zendaya and Jennifer Lawrence. While all of these women are very accomplished and talented, they provide a very narrow perception of what our society deems ‘successful’ in the first place.

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Forgiveness, Inspiration, and Malala

By: Sam H.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”

-Mahatma Gandhi

On July 12, 2013, my eyes were fixed on my computer screen. I was captivated. The monitor displayed a video of a Malala Yousafzai, a brazen sixteen year old whose wisdom rivals that of renowned philosophers. There were numerous aspects of her speech that made me admire Malala. Her eloquence and confidence as a speaker was incredible. She is an excellent orator and a formidable storyteller. Even though I was not in the same room as her, I could still feel the emotion that flowed from her poignant words. I was expecting to hear more about her harrowing journey as a survivor of a horrific attack. That did not happen. Instead of focusing entirely on herself, Malala explored a topic that has impacted humanity for centuries. Malala’s forgiveness has been moving.

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