Saturday, March 31, 2007

Rockin Out! Rockin Out! Rockin Out!

Whether the girls in your life rock out to Gwen Stefani, Fergie, or Lady Sovereign, or if they just likes to make a lot of noise of their own, get them to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls this summer. No previous musical experience necessary, just the desire to be a part of a great rock band for a week! Female musicians teach instruments, awesome women demonstrate the fine art of making and selling "merch" and volunteers enthusiastically serve as "Number One Fans" for the week.

In one glorious week of camp, girls learn an instrument, form a band, write a song, and perform it at the best rock show ever. Sounds impossible, but it all comes together at Willie Mae. I had to see it to believe myself when I volunteered last summer and now I'm hooked. There is something moving and emotional about girls rockin' out on stage.

Give a girl an application today! Financial Aid available.

WHEN: Session 1 Monday August 6 - Friday August 10, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Session 1 final concert will be on Saturday August 11th, at a venue to be determined.

Session 2 Monday August 20 - Friday August 24, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Session 2 final concert will be on Saturday August 25th, at a venue to be determined.
Please note that campers may not attend more than one session in the same summer.

WHERE: Urban Assembly School of Music & Art, in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, next to Downtown Brooklyn. The school is located on the 7th and 8th floors of the multi-school building at 49 Flatbush Ave Extension. The building is wheelchair accessible.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR CAMP: Any girl who will be between the ages of 8 and 18 during the camp session may apply for camp. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to live in New York to apply (rock camp provides limited help setting up host families for out-of-town campers).

FEES: Application fee: $10 (non-refundable). This fee may be waived if necessary (see financial aid application)
Tuition: $50-500, sliding scale. Full financial aid is available (see financial aid application).

Round 1 (for camp sessions 1 & 2) Application Deadline: Postmarked by Monday, April 16, 2007 Round 2 (for camp sessions 1 & 2) Application Deadline: Postmarked by Monday, May 21, 2007
Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications can be downloaded HERE.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Still listening, Larry?

Only 17.5% of U.S. undergraduate engineering students are women according to a University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender study. According to an article this week in eSchool news, female engineers from across the country got together to change that through a live, 24 hour webcast "Global Marathon for, by, and about Women in Engineering," sponsored by computer manufacturer Lenovo and Verizon.

You missed it? Me too. But thanks to the smarties at the conference and the joys of the internet you can catch video, powerpoint and other cool stuff from the sessions ranging from engineering and fashion, to engineering in the medical field to sessions for colleges, parents and guidance counselors on how to support girls in choosing a career in engineering. Cool!

Thanks Tanya for the link!

Paging Larry Sumners....

Who says girls can't be great scientists?

Two New Zealand 14 year olds, Anna Devathasan and Jenny Suo (now 17) conducted tests to see how much vitamin C was in their favorite juices. Apparently, Ribena had been claiming that black currents have 4 times the vitamin C of oranges. Too bad the same wasn't true of their black current flavored drink!

Check out the whole story here:

Souls of Black Girls Premieres at The Apollo on Saturday

March, 31 2007
1:00P NYC Premiere
Apollo Theatre
253 W 125th St Harlem , NY
Cost: Free Admission

The premiere will take place on SATURDAY MARCH 31st at 1PM, followed by a panel discussion featuring Director/Producer Daphne S. Valerius, African American Studies Historian Dr. Lez Edmonds, Cultural Critic Michaela Angela Davis and Writer/Journalist Akiba Solomon (co-author of Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts).

Check it out on My Space:

(Thanks Sharae!!!!)

Deadline Friday for Spelman Summer Science Program

A Stipend, Room and Board are included--

The Howard Hughes Summer Science Program, sponsored by the Spelman College Biology Department, is for rising female 12th graders interested in pursuing careers in biology, biochemistry and other biomedical-related fields. Spelman is a historically black college for women located in Georgia.

The program is a five-week residential program taking place June 17, - July 20, 2007. This program is designed to provide participants with an integrative science educational experience and to develop their interpersonal skills.

Students that are eligible to apply to the program must be:
  • A rising 12th grade female student enrolled in an accredited high school program
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Able to attend the program for all five weeks students may not participate in other programs concurrently.

The application deadline for the program is March 30, 2007.
For program application and information, interested students should visit the following website:

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Save the Date: May 19th Young Women's Leadership Conference

Save the date!

The Queens Community House
Access for Young Women
Leadership Program’s 14th Annual
Youth Leadership Conference!

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2007 10 AM – 3 PM

WHERE: Queens Community House (Formerly the Forest Hills Community House)
108-25 62nd Drive, Forest Hills, NY

WHAT: à Workshops on gender equity and youth leadership by girls 12-18!
This year’s topics include international women’s issues, fast food and your health, teen depression, immigration, bullying, healthy relationships, same sex marriage, music & more!

Dance and music performances!
Welcoming remarks by QCH staff and local elected officials!
Free breakfast and lunch!

WHO: Youth, community leaders, friends and family are invited. Last year almost three hundred people from all over New York City attended!

WHY: A New York City where girls are safe, healthy and powerful can only be a reality if we work together to make it possible!

Monday, March 26, 2007

12 Year Old Girl Rocks the Chess Board

Check out today's Womens E News article on a 12 year old girl from Brooklyn who rocks the Chess Board. I love the image of Darian beating all the guys at chess in the park.

Young Chess Queen Makes Her Moves

By Angeli Rasbury - WeNews correspondent

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--Darrian Robinson, 12, plays chess on the Internet, trains with a coach in school, travels extensively and completes her homework.

She also smiles and buzzes with excitement when she talks about chess and beams when she recounts her achievements in the sport.

Darrian, ranked third among girls under 13 in the United States, says she doesn't like spending time in malls or getting her hair or nails done. She looks forward to competitions, wants to be an oncologist because her grandfather died from cancer and enjoys learning to play guitar.

When she was younger, her father, Darran Robinson, took her to parks near her home in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she watched older people play chess and then started taking her seat at the boards. At first she lost over and over. But now she beats her father as well as almost anybody who sits across from her, both in and out of the parks where she first glared at a chess board.

The role her father played in her chess training echoes that of another African American chess star, Baraka Shabazz. When Shabazz was living with her family in a cabin in Alaska, her father gave her a chess set and his time across the board. She began to beat her father, a competitive player, repeatedly. In the 1980s Shabazz participated in the U.S. Women's Championship at age 15 and represented the United States in the Under-16 World Championships in England.

Last year Darrian represented the United States at the World Youth Chess Tournament in 2006 in the Democratic Republic of Georgia. She was the only African American from the United States. It is common for her to be the only black competitor. At nationals, boys can outnumber girls 15 or 20-to-1. At invitationals, such as the World Youth Chess Tournament, girls and boys are equally represented.

rest of the article can be found here:

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Take a Girl to College Day (sign up Early)

Reports show that girls interest in science decline during the transitions from one stage of education to the other (for instance between middle school to high school, or high school to college) Help nip that in the bud for middle school girls by exposing them to a future in science at the upcoming Take a Girl to College Day at Columbia University. (Thanks Nneka for the info!) I love the idea of pairing middle school girls with women in college-- plant that seed early for girls.

Take a Girl to College Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, pairs middle school girls with female college students. Each middle school girl will be taken to a lecture, shown a dorm and taken out for lunch on campus before settling down for a talk from the Columbia admissions office on how to make the most of high school and ace the college application process. Female science grad students will be on hand to take girls to their labs, and there will be hands-on science demonstrations throughout the day.

To participate, 7 th and 8th grade girls should send their name, school, grade, birthday, phone number and two favorite subjects to

The deadline is March 30, but spaces fill up quickly.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Ahhhhh....just what I need...

Yesterday's post about images of girls and people of color in children's television bummed me out. So I was happy to get this email in my inbox today from Jacinta who makes my favorite coloring book "Girls are Not Chicks"

REAL LIVE COLORING DEMONSTRATIONS!LIKE NOTHING YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE!Jacinta Bunnell on tour with Neko Case. No crayons. It's wet erase markers this time. Check website for these dates and more!

mmmmm wet erase markers and coloring with feminists! Sounds great!

And even better, Jacinta is coming to Bluestockings to read from her zine with other writers on March 25th!! YAY! Check out the details here:

March 25
Bluestockings Books
New York City
7:00 pm

Thursday, March 22, 2007

It's not all Sesame Street out there....

Now I have more appreciation for why my Mom didn't let me watch Saturday morning cartoons and why our set was tuned to PBS all the time, rabbit ears and all. The study released yesterday by Dads and Daughters See Jane program reports that children's television still has far to go in bringing positive female characters or characters of color to the set.

The new report is based on data gathered from 1,034 showsacross 11 network, cable, and public broadcasting outlets for children's television programming. The report states that live action children's television shows have made strides in bringing equity in both gender and race, but that the rest of children's television (animated tv, G rated movies, etc) are still imbalanced, having a profound affect on young children, who can be heavy viewers of television.

Some of the research findings include:

Who's doing the talking:
Three quarters of all the single speaking characters were White

Gender stereotyping is alive and well:
Male characters are twice as likely to be portrayed as dumb and more likely to be portrayed as strong, funny or bad.

Female characters are more likely to be shown in the role of caregivers.

The report includes tips to help parents, caregivers, and educators help young children analyze what they are seeing on the screen. Check out the report and the suggestions here:

I'm all for increased media literacy, but I'm wondering when (and who???) will actually change the content of what kids see on tv. Every child grows out of the live action programming (Barney, Sesame Street, etc) and moves onto the delicious lush world of animation. Who will make sure that the animated world promotes gender and racial equity?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Rock it Out at BAM!

The last time I saw Willie Mae Rock Camp and the Black Rock Coalition rock it out at an event, I was BLOWN AWAY-- this is powerful stuff. All that and feminist art too. SWOON.....

SAVE THE DATE - April 7!
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and Black Rock Coalition at the Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday

Saturday, April 7
5-7 pm in the main lobby of the Brooklyn Museum
The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and the Black Rock Coalition present a unique mix of female musicians from NYC:

Three bands featuring young women from rock camp:
Magnolia (
A.O.I. (
Care Bears on Fire (

Follo wed by the bands of two artist members of the Black Rock Coalition:

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Honeychild Coleman (
Electric violinist Mazz Swift's Brazz Tree project (

This show is a part of the Brooklyn Museum ’s First Saturday event series. The theme for the April 7 First Saturday event is “Global Feminisms” to coincide with the opening of the Brooklyn Museum ’s new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The museum will be open until 11:00 p.m., featuring music, dancing, and films. Museum galleries stay open, as does the café and a cash bar.

For more information, check out:

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Silly Boys, Weights are for Girls

This New York Times article today made my day! This is Serious Girl Power...

I will point out that one of the coaches says the girls on his team respond better to positive reinforcement than being yelled at. Maybe positive reinforcement would be a great motivator for all the members of the team, not just the girls? Have we conditioned boys to respond to being yelled at? Rock on for the girls who say they won't be a part of a team where they get yelled at, and kudos for the coaches who change up their approach.

Check out the awesome quotes from the girls in the article-- they are my new heros....

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — She was an Atlas of the exurbs, hoisting a 210-pound barbell over her ponytailed head and holding it there, arms just barely aquiver, while the high school gymnasium exploded in cheers.

At that moment on a recent Saturday, Jessica Reynolds, 17 and weighing in at 261 pounds, broke the state record for girls’ weightlifting, a high school sport sanctioned only in Florida and embraced, improbably, by girls of all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities.

At an age when appearance often seals reputations, they squeeze into tight singlets, step on scales while their peers watch and grunt their way through bench presses, clean and jerks and other decidedly uncute moves.

“It might not have been the most, like, girly or cool thing,” said Hannah Feliciano, a willowy freshman at Sarasota High School who started lifting last fall. “But I like the fact that I can prove to people that I also have, like, a rough side.” Or as Sara Hansell, a senior at St. Cloud High School who won her second consecutive title in the 154-pound weight class explained her passion for the sport, “I get to say I’m stronger than most of the boys in my school.”

No other state has officially adopted weightlifting for girls, as the Florida High School Athletic Association did in 1997, a sign that the perception endures of weightlifting as a sport for he-men and the occasional bodybuilding queen who slathers her preternaturally bulging biceps with baby oil. “I find it very surprising,” said Jackie Metcalf, the weightlifting coach at Sarasota High School. “because it’s a great way to get girls involved for gender equity. You don’t have to be a skilled athlete to do this.”

The presence on many teams of cheerleaders — who become better jumpers and fliers after lifting — has helped remove the stigma from the sport, several girls said. Many wear bows in their hair at competitions, and at a recent meet, one wore pearls with her singlet. They share weight rooms with boys who admiringly call them “beast.” T-shirts emblazoned with “Silly Boys, Weights Are For Girls” and the like are de rigueur.

“In our school, it’s pretty much understood that weightlifting is O.K. and you’re not a boy and you’re not gross if you do it,” said Leigha Nave, a senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange who is the state champion of her 119-pound weight class.

Read the rest:

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Girls Write Now: reading in NYC

Come join me! The first Girls Write Now Day will be a fun celebration of Girl Writing Power! It’s a little taste of GWN before their incredible spring reading in June.

Spread the word…..and see you there!

Are you listening? Cuz we got somethin' to say.
A Reading & Celebration of Girls Write Now Day & Girl Awesomeness.

Girls Write Now Day, Thursday, March 8 of course!

The New School, 66 W. 12th St., Room 510 (btw. 5th & 6th aves)
Closest subways: 1/2/3/A/C/E/F/V/ to 14th St. or B/D/F/V/A/C/E to w.
4th st. or 4/5/6/N/R/W/Q to Union Sq.


Featuring readings by:

-06/07 Girls Write Now Mentor/Mentee Pair Phyllicia Hibbert & Caroline Berger
-Alumni mentor (03/04) & New School MFA grad Caroline Smith Hickey,
author of 'Cassie Was Here,' in stores April 3rd! (
-Special guest reader Grace Edwards, member of the Harlem Writers Guild
and author of numerous books

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Young Women of Color: First Annual Female Empowerment Conference

Six in 10 African-American youth believe "it is hard for young black people to get ahead because they face so much discrimination," according to a University of Chicago report released in February. Karen Pittman, whose work in positive youth development and changing policy, should be read by everyone interested in issues affecting youth, analyzes the results of this study and others in her latest March Youth Today column.

Young women of color experience the pressures of both racism and sexism in their daily lives. The Door is providing a much needed venue for young women of color to connect and discuss their experience at the first Annual Female Empowerment Conference for young women of color.

“Her Story, Her Voice, Her Journey” will take place at The Door on Saturday, March 10, 2007 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. This day long conference seeks to open doors for young women of color to achieve personal, educational, and professional success through shared self-awareness and sisterhood.

Young women of color will gain knowledge about the breadth of their social justice concerns, draw upon their collective experiences as a transformative opportunity and begin to develop their leadership skills. Come out to a unique forum to encourage their analysis and articulation of the issues that shape their daily lives. Take some time out to be introspective and make connections to larger societal forces at work in their lives.

Young women will have an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities as leaders by educating their peers about their own experiences and creating a base for collective action in the future. This conference is only the first step towards building bridges and closing gaps in order to address the varied needs of New York City’s young women of color.

For additional information regarding the “Her Story, Her Voice, Her Journey” Monique De La Oz at 212-941-9090, Ext. 3263,

Teen girls urge action agains sex slavery, trafficking and child labor

I was hoping to be able to head over to the UN on Friday but work kept me to busy to head over.

Luckily, the International Herald Tribune covered one of the panels where girls served as the panelists. Check it out here:

Friday, March 02, 2007

Hello My Name is Ms President

The White House Project is holding a contest for girls and young women between the ages of 7 and 35 who want to run for President of the United States.

If your submission is chosen, you could...
  • Star in Project 2024, a documentary film from the creators of Mad Hot Ballroom that focuses on women of different ages that want to run for president.
  • Have your story published in She's Out There! The First Daughter to Become President of the United States! The book will feature a collection of essays from girls and women around the country who want to run for President.
  • Be one of five women selected to attend The White House Project’s Go Run Leadership Training in New York City during the summer of 2007!

To apply, provide the following information in an email to by Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 at 5:00pm. Please attach a recent photo.

Full Name: Age: Year you will run for President:

City,State: Contact Phone: Contact Email:

Attach a recent photo.

In a single page submission (Times New Roman font size 12) answer the following questions in essay form.

  • Why do you want to be President of the United States?
  • How has politics affected your life?
  • What, if anything, will you do differently from our previous leaders?

All submissions must be sent to by Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 at 5:00pm.

Winners will be announced on Friday, March 23rd, 2007 on The White House Project’s homepage.

Check out Heidi Evan’s article from February 25th in the New York Daily News about Alexandra Desaulniers and other young women with presidential aspirations.