logo Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a non–profit organization committed to changing the culture in which girls are growing. We partner with girls connect them with the people and resources that help them transform their surroundings into safe havens; and we empower girls with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a platform for activism.

As an organization, we have spent the last 15 years finding out what happens when you listen to girls and take them seriously, when you work side by side with them to challenge the cultural narrative that pits girls against one another, promotes unrealistic body and beauty ideals, and sexualizes girls from a very young age, blurring the lines between childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

I co-founded HGHW in 1990 with Karen Heck and Lynn Cole, two amazing community activists. Working alongside girls, we’ve discovered that when you trust girls, when you provide opportunities for them to connect with one another and when they have access to muses that inspire their best work, they thrive.

Hardy Girls’ programs and resources are used to support girls’ healthy development in 39 states, 5 countries, and by more than 30,000 people via our mailing lists and networks.  Additionally, with our new Training Institute, we are educating people from around the country in our approach to working with girls.

pbg6 In 2010, Hardy Girls launched Powered by Girl (PBG) an edgy girl-driven online media literacy and activism campaign.

PBG offers new knowledge, 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 Deborah Tolman, a growing coalition of girls, partners, and thought leaders united in their determination to challenge the sexualization of girls and demand girls’ rights to healthy sexuality. I helped to develop the SPARKTeam of youth bloggers and created a series of online media literacy and activism projects inspired by and co-branded with our partner organizations. One of my favorites is Projection.