Can't Vote? No Problem.

By: Joanne C.

Election day is less than two months away, and the country is covered in political campaigns, political ads, and canvasses. I’ll be voting come November. But this is the first Presidential election I can vote in, since I was too young last time.

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A Perfect Symbol for the UN International Day of the Girl

By: Wendy L. 

I wasn’t sure if I could stand to read the entire article about Sahar Gul, a 13-year-old Afghan child bride. Beatings, horrific abuse, and starvation by Sahar’s 30-year-old husband and his family are described by New York Times reporter Graham Bowley.

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Some Grreat Things about the World Wide Web

By: Joanne C. 

The Internet is a pretty great tool for everything from learning about lions and tigers, to ordering enough food to feed some bears, oh my! It’s ALSO a pretty great way to organize people, and get them involved in your cause.

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October 11 isn't just the Day of the Girl...

By: Joanne C.

How perfect! The United Nations International Day of the Girl Child will be celebrated each year on October 11—the same day as Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday!

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Tennis champion remembers her speech at age 16!

This is a guest blog by Anne Guerrant, who played tennis on the pro tour for 9 years, ranking as high as #11 in the world. She played at Wimbledon, the US Open, and all the major tournaments. Her record includes wins over Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. Anne and her husband co-founded the Guerrant Foundation (www.guerrantfoundation.org), which endorsed our Day of the Girl campaign.

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Snapshots of 10.11.12. Events in the Works

By: Joanne C. 

Everywhere you look it’s happening! Every day we learn about events being planned for the first ever International Day of the Girl.

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Game Show, Displays & Proclamations to Promote 10.11.12

By: Joanne C.

Three School Girls Unite chapters in Howard County, Maryland played a major role in our successful campaign in 2011 to mobilize national support for the UN International Day of the Girl. Eighth grader Marisa says: “After officially making October 11 the Day of the Girl, I feel very accomplished and filled with pride, because it took a lot of teamwork to make this big change. I never thought I would ever talk to important people like elected officials. At first I was nervous but then I got used to it. Now I know how to get my point across and how to act business-like. The steps we took were successful and I hope that other girls could follow our lead. I definitely plan to be involved in the Day of the Girl in 2012.”  

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Ally M. on her visit to the Howard County Board of Education

On January 26girls from Oakland Mills, Hammond, and my school, Harper’s Choice Middle School, went to the Howard County Board of Education to give an update about School Girls Unite and Day of the Girl. We talked about how we helped the campaign to get the United Nations to establish an international day and the recent change in the annual date from September 22 to October 11.

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Girls Still Have 99 Problems

By: Nikki W.

Earlier this month, Beyonce had a baby. Her husband, Jay-Z, put out a song featuring the baby’s first cries in record time, overcome with first-time-father feelings and probably not at all using the built-in publicity to advance his music career. They named the little girl Blue Ivy, which we will discuss some other time.

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Let Go of My Legos!

By: Joanne C.

So, do Legos have a specified gender? I bring this up because I guess there has been some buzz about the Legos company now trying to market to girls.

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