Activism

logo I co-founded the nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women in 1990 with two community activists, Karen Heck and Lynn Cole. Working alongside girls, we developed a feminist model for scaffolding girl-driven activism that provides opportunities for girls to connect with one another and build coalitions with college age and adult muses that inspire their best work. Hardy Girls is committed to changing the culture in which girls grow and partners with girls to connect them with the people and resources that help them transform their surroundings into more emancipatory spaces by developing knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a platform for activism.
10996137_10153303939187300_4162876829053603401_n Founded in 2010, Powered by Girl (PBG) is an online feminist magazine entirely run by girls for girls, with some financial support from Colby’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. I work with 18 year old London-based editor, Yas Necati, and offer guidance when the girls need me. PBG offers feminist media analysis, creative tools, and opportunities to talk back to media and demand more realistic and positive versions of girlhood.
F79739756 In 2010, I co-founded SPARK Movement with CUNY and Hunter Professor Deborah Tolman and a coalition of girl activists, feminist org partners, and thought leaders united in their determination to challenge the sexualization of girls and demand girls’ rights to healthy sexuality. Six years later, working with Dr. Dana Edell, we’ve expanded beyond the scope of our original work, training girls to be feminist, anti-racist activists, organizers, and leaders in the fight for gender justice.