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Hardy Girls Healthy Women Girls Spring Into Action (May 2012)

Girl Activism: Julia Bluhm and Seventeen Magazine

Julia Bluhm, Waterville, Maine native, and a SPARKteam girl activist, has been busy this month with her petition to Seventeen magazine on 14-year old Julia is asking the magazine to commit to just one photoshop-free spread per month to celebrate real girls. Her point is that girls read Seventeen Magazine (and others), and want to look like the "pretty women" in the magazine. But the women we see in magazines "are fake. They're often photoshopped, air-brushed, edited to look thinner, and to appear like they have perfect skin."

Her petition has gained so much interest that it was profiled by a range of news outlets, from The New York Times and Nightline to an interview on CNN. While staging a mock photo shoot in front of Seventeen's headquarters, she was invited to speak with Ann Shoket, editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine. At that time, they were excited by the 25,000 signatures Julia's petition had received. As of last count, the petition has received over 75,000 signatures!

While it doesn't appear that Seventeen has decided to implement Julia's suggestion of one photoshop-free spread per month, she was nevertheless encouraged by the support garnered by the petition and was happy to have the opportunity to meet with Shoket. "The fact that Seventeen's editor-in-chief met with me in person proves that the voices of teen girls everywhere are getting through," said Bluhm. "While I would still change some of the ways Seventeen portrays girls, I'm encouraged that they're willing to listen to me and the 30,000 people who've signed my petition. Seventeen's invited me to work with them on this issue, which means we girls — Seventeen's readers — are finally being heard loud and clear. It's really exciting."

We are so proud of Julia and the work that she and her fellow SPARK bloggers are doing to get girls' voices heard. We are also excited that Julia will be joining the HGHW Girls Advisory Board next year! We know her voice will be a valuable addition to the group.

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Calling all Adventure Girls! New Sessions Sponsored by MaineGeneral in June!

Adventure Girls is an interactive program for 2nd-6th graders which gives girls the opportunity to meet women who are defying stereotypes and challenging notions of what a girl or woman "should" do or be. Due to generous sponsorship from MaineGeneral Health, we are offering two special Mother-Daughter Adventure Girls sessions in June on Health Robotics and Summer Skin Science.

Registration is $25 per Mother/Daughter Pair for each session. Space is limited to 10 Mother/Daughter pairs per session, so sign up today! Scholarships are also available.

June 9, 1-3pm: Operation Surgical Robotics! Girls and their moms will meet with Dr. Karen Bossie of Waterville Women's Care and see what a day in the life of a surgeon is all about. They will explore the latest in medical technology and see how the da Vinci robot, a four-armed surgical robot, works!

June 23, 1-3pm: Skin Deep Science! Learn more about the largest organ in your body: YOUR SKIN! Use a special skin analyzer to see how sunblock works! Girls and moms will learn how to protect their skin and keep it healthy for a lifetime.

Adventure Girls - Regular Season

Our last Adventure Girls session of the regular season is also coming up! Don't miss this fun Adventure! We have room in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

June 2: Chemical Commotion with Lisa Miller, Senior Teaching Associate in Chemistry at Colby College. Learn to make chemical reactions, discover what's in everyday foods, and conduct other experiments in the lab.

Sign up today!

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Now Booking Workshops for Spring and Summer

We offer engaging, eye opening workshops for adults and youth on topics such as,

  • Media literacy and social action

  • Girlfighting and girl bullying

  • Healthy relationships

  • Body image

  • And much more!

Bring Hardy Girls to your school, organization or community!

Contact Emily Brostek, Training Institute Manager, via email or at 207.861.8131.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women NEW LinkedIn Group

Interact with others interested in Hardy Girls, our programs, the latest research and more! Visit our LinkedIn group and join the conversation.

Space is Still Available in the 2012 Summer Institute!

Navigating Girl World: Connecting the Dots...Changing the Culture

June 13-15, 2012
Colby College, Waterville, ME

Learn More! Continuing education credits for social workers, health educators, and other professionals are available.

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On the Blog...

Choosing to Compete

Here at Hardy Girls, we are asked from time to time what the benefits are to single-gender programming. Read more...

What's New from our Powered by Girl bloggers

Prom Season, Part 1: What the Sexy Prom Dresses?!

PBG Blogger, Erika, discusses the trend toward more and more revealing prom dresses. "Though it's definitely not like every 18-year-old everywhere has decided to bare her three Bs (that's back, butt, and breasts, for those of you not up on the current high school dress-code lingo), there's a disturbing trend towards very revealing, sexualized getups." Read more...

Prom Season, Part 2: What the Prom Pressure?!

PBG Blogger, Danielle, discusses her take on prom expectations. "Prom is not about being you and having fun, it is one hundred percent about conformity to society’s comfort level. Schools are adding fuel to a fire of frenzied taffeta-adorned young women who will stop at nothing to attract male arm candy with which they can take pictures and make mistakes." Read more...

See what else is new at Powered by Girl...

Powered by Girl is a program of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, designed to give teen girls and young women opportunities to think and work together, public spaces to critique and talk back, and tools to demand a more diverse and healthier set of messages.

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Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Hardy Girls Healthy Women today. Your support enables us to provide high-quality programming to hundreds of girls and young women, and to ensure that it stays accessible by providing need-based scholarships to our programs. Thank you for your dedication to our vision that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives.

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Waterville, ME 04903-0821
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