This Thanksgiving holiday comes at a time when many Americans are afraid. With hate crime rates soaring in a way they have not since the aftermath of 9/11, it is important that we take this time to acknowledge the horrors that are taking place in our society. People from all sorts of marginalized groups are facing threats of violence, deportation, persecution, and discrimination.Read more
What Does it Mean to "Man Up" Or "Be a Lady"?: How Gender Norms Affect the Upbringing of Children and Teenagers
By Angie Zhang, HS junior
Today at school, my advisory group talked about gender norms and what it means to “man up” or “act like a lady.” These phrases are very commonly used by parents to their sons and daughters-- but what does it even mean to “act like a lady” or to “man up?” When we think of traditional gender roles, men are supposed to act strong and not be open about their emotions or show weakness. Women, on the other hand, are supposed to be nurturing, kind, sensitive, and subservient. When my advisor asked me and the other students how we felt about these phrases, most of the people, even the girls, didn’t seem to think it was a big deal that people said such things.
November 15th is the day of the action for the #NoDAPL protests.Read more
Our Black Girl Magic series has shared stories about wonderful girls and women using their passion to make a difference in the world. This week we will hear from Stacey Filé, a fashion designer whose designs are meant to inspire girls and women so that they can take on any challenge in life. Stacey graduated from Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Stacey Filé about her journey as a fashion designer and the need for good representation in the media for black girls. Read on to learn more about Stacey’s inspiring story.
By Kjerstyn J., 14
It's a word that stirs many emotions: for some, it brings fear; for others, it's something to joke about; for many, it simply brings indifference.
The truth is, rape and sexual assault are horrible things that affect us all. No matter your age or gender, rape is your issue.
As a high schooler, I've seen many people look at rape as something that happens to other people and will not affect them, or people they know. I myself have thought regarding rape, "That's something that happens to other people, not me or my friends." But ever since a few weeks ago, my understanding of rape and sexual assault has completely changed.Read more
So far throughout the Black Girl Magic series we have heard from entrepreneurs and founders of non-profits. This week we will hear from youth activist and filmmaker Natalie. Natalie is an activist and filmmaker who hopes to create a more accurate representation of all marginalized people through her films. She is a freshman at American University in Washington, DC where she is majoring in film/media arts. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Natalie about her dreams, aspirations, recent events, and how she is changing the world one film at a time.Read more
by Adriana C., 15
Here at Day of the Girl-US, we fight for girls’ rights and gender justice. In order to achieve a true change in our society, we must encourage girls to go into leadership positions and challenge systems designed to keep them out. When strong girls are in positions of power, our voices cannot help but be heard. We tear down any and all barriers placed upon us, inspiring other girls to do the same. But without a chance at a good education, it is hard for many girls to get to these positions of power. That’s where Up Next comes in.Read more
As summer slowly dwindles to a close, I’ve been attempting to squeeze in as much time for catching up on my favorite TV shows - and, of course, analyzing them from a feminist perspective.Read more
Two teen girls empowering other girls, one product at a time.
Have you ever wanted to start your business? Have you ever wanted to design your own products? Well, two inspiring teens named Kianna and Brianna did just that! Kianna and Brianna are the CEOs of their business called, “Dream Up Enterprises”. Dream Up is an organization dedicated to educating, encouraging and empowering all women. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview them about how they were able to turn their dream into reality.
Name: Kianna and Brianna “Ceos of Dream Up Enterprises”
State: New Jersey
Social Media: Dreamupent_ (Instagram and Twitter)
Youtube Channel: Dream Up
Question 1: Why did you create Dream Up Enterprises?
Brianna: Growing up, I always wanted to start something. I started other businesses before, but they always failed because I wasn’t with the right people. I came up with the idea of DreamUp the day after my birthday. I wanted my business to actually make a difference. But I needed to find someone who could help me. I thought of Kianna because she was always willing to help me with things in class. She agreed to help me with my idea. At first, Dream Up was supposed to be for kids, but now it became something great for girls.
Kianna : We started Dream Up Enterprises because we saw that girls do not get enough credit. Brianna came to me and said she wanted to start a business. Our school club helped us launched the organization and we went from there. We wanted to help underprivileged youth, and then we started to focus more on girls all around.
Question 2: What advice would you give to teens wanting to start their own business?
Kianna: The advice I would give is to teens wanting to start their own business is to never give up; do not get discouraged. Many people told Brianna and me that we could not do it. Also, make sure to do your research on what kind of business you want to start.
Brianna: Make sure you pick someone who you work well with. Sometimes Kianna and I argue, but something good always comes out of it! Make sure you have an idea and your idea has to be different, original and your idea has to be you.
Question 3: What does your organization stand for?
Kianna and Brianna: Dream Up is an organization dedicated to educating, encouraging and, empowering ALL women. We want women to thrive in anything they do. We believe if you can dream it you can achieve it. Dream Up promotes education and athleticism in our women by providing them unlimited opportunities to accomplish their goals! We provide resources for ALL females disregarding race, background, and their economic status.
Question 4: I saw that you girls create your own products. I think that is pretty awesome. How do you create them? Do you have any new items coming soon?
Kianna: We knew that we needed funding for our organization. So, we decided to create hats, shirts, and hoodies. Our products have inspiring quotes on them such as “Female and Fit” and “Female and Educated”.Our products are about bringing positivity to girls and empowering them to dream big.
Brianna: We do have new merchandise coming out, but it’s comprising with our sister movement called,“ The New Black Power movement”. We both split the profit because we wanted to help them start their organization. We have some new products coming soon! We are excited!
Question 5: I know your organization is new. What do you see in the future for your organization?
Kianna: We hope to have a resource building for girls. We want each floor to have different activities for the girls. For example, a gym, tutoring room, coaching, and training. We also want our organization to have a Junior Olympics in our town.
Brianna: We have to grow first. Our organization in the future will have two departments: Education and Athletics. I have always been an athlete and active, I always hated how women have always been second class in sports. Kianna has always been passionate about education. She believes low-income children should have a better education because they deserve better.
Question 6: I believe you both have black girl magic. What does black girl magic mean to you?
Kianna: Black girl magic means to be empowering and shed light on positivity to black women.
Brianna: I believe black girl magic is the ability to be comfortable with yourself by spreading positivity towards other women. I also think black girl magic is being educated in your race and your background. Also,making sure you educate other people as well. Black girl magic is being successful and proving the outer society wrong like I can do this. How many black 17 or 18 CEOs or bloggers do you see? I believe people who are just doing awesome things and spreading awareness are the people who represent black girl magic.
Stay Tuned for Part 3 of the Black Girl Magic Series!