The United States is racist.

By Molly W

The United States is racist.

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Learning Girl-Love

By Molly W 

Loving women is one of the hardest things to do in a society that hates women. Between the legislators who are trying to chip away at our chance to proper healthcare, the daily sight of those disgusting “Cool story babe, now make me a sandwich” t-shirts and just the blatant lack of understanding that has left our minds numb and eyes closed in disbelief, women are under strain from every part of their life. This strain causes us to lash out, more often than not, at those who don’t deserve it: other women. In a way it makes sense; oppressed groups often times fight amongst themselves because fighting against the oppressors results in negative consequences such as violence, punishment and further oppression.

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Feminism: It's complicated

By: Julia V 

“FEMINISM is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men, it does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan, and it does not mean you are a ‘bitch’ or ‘dyke’, it means you believe in equality.”  –Kate Nash

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Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

By Joanne C

“The proportion of girls entering the justice system has increased steadily over the past several decades, rising from 20 percent in 1980 to 30 percent in 2009.” – H.R. 1833

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Presidential Proclamation??

By Joanne C

Members of School Girls Unite, one of the founding groups behind Day of the Girl, have sent President Obama a formal request for a Presidential Proclamation for this year’s International Day of the Girl. 

School Girls Unite worked hard last year to get a Presidential Proclamation for the first annual Day of the Girl, but was not successful. But instead of giving up, the group is trying again!

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What’s keeping me going. What about you?

By Anika M 

The first ever International Day of the Girl has come and gone, and I honestly could not have been more ecstatic with all the action I’ve seen. Various friends sent me messages, bringing my attention to major figures and organizations that have been covering the event, including initiatives started by Hillary Clinton and an editorial by one of my favorite journalists, Nicholas Kristof. Over 100 Proclamations were sought across the country, and events were held all across the globe. And as devastating as the attack on brave Malala Yousafzai’s life was (continued hopes for her speedy recovery), we cannot ignore the terrible irony of its relevance—her story, if nothing else, tells us exactly why we need to focus on girls.

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Revelations on Day of the Girl

By: Karen Chee

Thursday, October 11 was a busy day for me: I had three cumbersome tests in school, and I experienced three rather intense revelations.

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Maryland youth recognized for campaign for United Nations International Day of the Girl

For Immediate Release  |  Contact:  Wendy Lesko  |  301.785.1702  |  Wendy@DayoftheGirl.org

On October 11, there will be an explosion of celebrations for the first International Day of the Girl Child in Washington, Baltimore, New York City and hundreds of other cities around the world. Last December, the U.S. co-sponsored the United Nations General Assembly resolution that declares October 11 as the annual girls’ rights day.

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Maryland Women’s Heritage Center to Host First International Day of the Girl Celebration

For Immediate Release  |  Contact:  Wendy Lesko  |  301-785-1702  |  Wendy@DayoftheGirl.org

Local girls who led U.S. campaign for new United Nations Day will help kick off new girls rights day

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Speech to the National Education Association

Eliana Stanislawski, president of the School Girls Unite high school chapter in Montgomery County, Maryland, presented this speech to the 170-member board of the National Education Association in Washington, D.C., just days before her 17th birthday and the first-ever UN International Day of the Girl.

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