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Monday, March 10th, 2008
1:22 pm
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
11:18 pm
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
5:51 pm
"The only remaining schools for girls [in Afghanistan] are in the provincial capital Lashkargah, where the principal of one school, Jamila Niazi, says she endures repeated threats to her life. But the girls and teachers keep coming — 6,000 of them to Niazi's school alone, saying it's worth the risk." (Link to NPR audio story
Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
10:17 am
Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition

Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition: Color and Conservation
Now through December 31st


Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Ave,
Rochester, NY 14609
(585) 473-7720

From what I’ve been hearing, this is the only northeast exhibition of these works. If you’re a student/looking for a group rate, consider recruiting from an applicable class or student organization. 

I live 5 mins from the museum, so feel free to get in touch if you'll be going to the exhibit and would like ideas for places to grab lunch.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
8:52 am
how to report voting problems
On election day (TODAY!), if you experience problems voting, call:

Friday, September 15th, 2006
8:23 pm
Anousheh Ansari, who funded the X-prize, goes to space
"I hope to inspire everyone—especially young people, women, and young girls all over the world, and in Middle Eastern countries that do not provide women with the same opportunities as men—to not give up their dreams and to pursue them.
"It may seem impossible to them at times. But I believe they can realize their dreams if they keep it in their hearts, nurture it, and look for opportunities and make those opportunities happen. Looking back at my life, I'm hoping that I could give them a positive example how that could happen."
Sunday, March 12th, 2006
9:59 am
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
3:56 pm
Young Women! Take this survey!
Girls International Forum is in the process of collecting 10,000 surveys from girls around the world in order to identify the main issues facing girls internationally today. With this information we will be able to develop a Girls' Platform for Action which will be utilized world-wide.

Find out more info at http://www.girlsforum.org/

Take the survey in English, French, Spanish, or Chinese: http://www.girlsforum.org/survey.htm

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
12:26 pm

Chocolate company owned by seven girls.

Monday, February 27th, 2006
1:59 pm
Newbie and Girl Scout Gold Award
Hi all. My name is Leanne, I am 18, and I reside in California. Not much else to say about myself, other than that I've been a Girl Scout for 12 years, and my feminist side probably rooted from my involvement in the Girl Scout organization. Which leads me to my questions...

Background first:
I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award Project and I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice or ideas. What I would like to do for my project is to write a production about the violence against women that occurs everyday. I'd like to have several different girls' stories followed, starting from when they are graduating from high school (maybe even some stories involving their pasts) and continuing through their lifetimes. I'm thinking this will be a tight group of maybe 5 friends who reunited every once in a while and share (or don't share if they are the type that denies it) their various incidences of violence. I plan on having the stories range from economical violence (where the man controls the money making it impossible for the woman to leave) to physical violence (such as rape or beating).

The production will be free of admission, but I will highly encourage attendees to bring used clothing and/or toiletries that I plan on donating to a local women's help organization. I will also be handing out information pamphlets to the audience that describe violence against women and provide resources for where victims can get help or where people can volunteer their efforts towards helping end this violence.

My questions to all of you are:
- Do you know of any specific stories that would be very meaningful to include in my production? (names of parties involved not needed, and if they are given, they will be changed)
- Do you have any ideas of organizations that you know are very effective in their fight against violence that I can suggest my audience gets involved in?
- Do you have any other suggestions or questions that would aid me in my project?

Thanks in advance for your help! :)
Tuesday, February 7th, 2006
8:03 pm
ALLAI VALLEY, PAKISTAN - Attending school for the first time is somewhat magical for Niaz Begum, one of the survivors of the devastating Oct. 8, 2005, South Asia earthquake. Urdu class is her favorite, the 12-year-old says with dancing green eyes, using the ruffle of a tent door to veil her embarrassment.
While her school is simple - a tent and chalkboard - the smile it brings to the children attending is symbolic of a quiet revolution.
Like Niaz, many girls from this valley near the quake's epicenter used to spend afternoons working the fields, just as their mothers did before them. Cycles of poverty combined with strict religious mores have meant a literacy rate of less than 2 percent for women and girls in this North West Frontier Province.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
6:46 am
A three-decade law banning pregnant girls from attending school is scrapped by MPs in Zanzibar.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
11:03 am
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
8:48 pm
Dear American Girls:
Donald Wildmon suggests we not support American Girls because American Girls supports Girls, Inc.

I've been supporting Girls, Inc., both financially and by word-of-mouth, for years. Their message -- that girls can be strong, smart, and bold -- is crucial.

I'll recommend the I Can band via your website to my friends.
Monday, October 10th, 2005
8:08 pm
Here in NY fall is upon us, winter is right around the corner.

Many people cannot afford warm clothing, while many others get new items each season. I work at a homeless shelter, and everyday I see how badly in need some people are.

Please donate winter coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. Look up places in your area that accept/hand-out these supplies.

Saturday, August 6th, 2005
1:05 am
recommendations please!
Hi people!

My niece is almost 2 years old and I was wondering if anyone can recommend any good books for girls. I really want to make sure that she has some really inspiring and empowering books to guide her when I can't be around (they live 3 hours from me). She's a bit young for anything right now but I would love recommendations for any age group.

Friday, June 24th, 2005
7:37 pm
Violence against women
Women of the world are suffering due to violence. (domestic violence, rape, genital mutilation, etc.) This is an extremely important cause that deserve your support and attention. please go to this website:

and do what you can to help!
Monday, April 25th, 2005
10:32 pm

I'm looking for terse poetry by women/girls to show to the girls I am teaching in English lit (grade 9). I want to keep them relatively brief (short attention-spans) with simple diction (we're working on vocabulary and reading comprehension). I'd like them pertain to any and all issues surrounding gender/feminism/abuse/body image/relationships/sex/race etc etc etc, anything goes!

Does anyone have any poems they could post in the comments or suggest some authors I should seek out? What poems did you read while growing up that really stood out to you or helped shaped your perspective? I've got some Plath, but I'm not sure if they're ready for Sexton or Rich. Any suggestions would be of help.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
1:09 pm
**first of all I don't think I need to say this to you but this is a disclaimer, I mean no offence, if you believe in something I don't, I have nothing but respect for you, if you have baptized your child either because of religious or cultural reasons, that's your decision for your family and I have no opinion on that. You do whatever you need to do, this is how I feel and what I need to do.

I'm getting so sick of people asking me about Baptizing. We did not Baptize Fionna and will not Baptize the new baby. First of all what would we Baptize her as? Don is firmly Agnostic and I'm Unitarian, we don't Baptize. Most people will let it go when I tell them that we don't Baptize in Unitarianism and that if Fionna/Baby choose to be Baptized when they are older and find their own relationship with God that dictates they need to be baptized I will be happy for them. But I'm not making that decision for them.

But a few people continue on, my Grandmother still comments on how sweet Fionna would look in the family Christening Gown (which honestly is yellow and old and gross and wasn't even nice enough to consider an heirloom when it was new, it's just old). My Step-Mother has asked if we want to have them baptized just to "hedge our bets" - I for one don't think that fools God, but apparently it's enough to just go through the actions. And so on.

So here, here's the real reason I won't do it. It's offensive. Cut for Length and Possible OffenceCollapse )
Sunday, March 27th, 2005
4:37 pm
This weekend my ex girlfriend was drugged at a bar and nearly raped, the friend she went with was drugged, raped, and woke up naked in her van.

I’m so tired of feeling helpless in these situations and feeling like there’s nothing I can do to make an impact! My blood as been boiling. This same situation has reoccurred time and time again and I’ve never been able to figure out how to have any influence.

I’m here to get some help and direction with my idea, or resources... see if anybody has any experience in what my plans are… etc.

I’d like to become a decoy of sorts. Work with authorities (even though I believe they spend little time and energy on catching people who use roofies to rape). Basically use myself to catch drink-druggers and get them arrested, hopefully get their providers arrested. I don’t know how it would work exactly, I just had this idea last night. Maybe be paired with a female cop? Have a wire to backup outside? Have testing strips in my purse to check the drinks?

I just want to do SOMETHING. Rape is not getting any less frequent. It’s not going anywhere, and I can’t sit and do nothing anymore.

Has anyone heard of programs like this anywhere? Anything, really, any ideas or direction or possible organizations I can affiliate myself with or ask for advice would be great. Thanks in advance.

x-posted everywhere.
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