Joining Forces: A WriteGirl Speaks on Gender Equality

Joining Forces: A WriteGirl Speaks on Gender Equality

Sharmin, age 17

Gender inequality has existed in every nation and every period in history. But here at WriteGirl, we are committed to joining the effort to stop gender inequality now. We want to encourage our girls, women, and male friends and supporters to stand and unite ourselves as Feminists against gender discrimination. We want to propagate equal opportunity for the masses and ensure that no one gender is neglected. 

 

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Dreaming of the Future: A WriteGirl Perspective on Gender Equality

Dreaming of the Future: A WriteGirl Perspective on Gender Equality

Jacqueline, age 17

"Working together, we can bring equality to the sexes. Girls around the world should be allowed an education, a chance to express themselves using pen and paper. Writing is important to ending gender inequality, because our voices sometimes fail us. Our voices, it turns out, we can sometimes best express through the written word."

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WriteGirl attends Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference

WriteGirl attends Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference

Clara age 17, Addissyn age 15, Jacqueline age 17

In August of this year, three lucky WriteGirls had the awesome experience of attending the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference! Over the three days of the conference, our WriteGirls picked up some great writing tips and insight from professional writers and publishers who shared their knowledge about writing, completing and publishing novels. 

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Top 5 Things We Learned from District Attorney Jackie Lacey

Top 5 Things We Learned from District Attorney Jackie Lacey

Marian age 18, Addissyn age 17, Ana age 18

On Wednesday, August 6, WriteGirl had the privilege of hearing District Attorney Jackie Lacey speak about her experience as a lawyer and first woman district attorney of Los Angeles. We were inspired and empowered by her words. Here are 5 things we learned.

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WriteGirl goes to the White House!

WriteGirl goes to the White House!

WriteGirl mentor Katie Geyer and mentee Jackie, age 16

WriteGirl mentee Jackie, 16, joined Exec. Dir. Keren Taylor in accepting the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from Michelle Obama at the White House in November. Jackie’s mentor Katie Geyer, a photojournalist, was granted a White House press pass to photograph her mentee meeting the first lady! The two were separated for most of the day and each emerged with their own stories. They recently sat down to reflect on that day in November when they were invited inside the White House!

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Wingless & Free: Poetry by a WriteGirl Teen

Wingless & Free: Poetry by a WriteGirl Teen

It's time for our annual Poetry Drive! We'll be sharing original poetry written by our teen girls.  Today, a poem about bravery... 

… written by one of our talented and wonderfully unique WriteGirl teens! Want a custom poem? Get a girl power-themed poem for your favorite niece, or a go-get-'em poem for that recent grad.

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Inspiring Women: Christiane Amanpour

Inspiring Women: Christiane Amanpour

Blog post for Women’s History Month written by WriteGirl mentee Jackie, 12th grade.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to travel around the world. But not in the usual sense: I didn’t dream of five-star hotels or hyped-up restaurants. I wanted to be in the midst of it: to take in the culture and really connect with the people of that specific country. And Christiane Amanpour represented that dream for me.

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Inspiring Women: Malala Yousafzai

Inspiring Women: Malala Yousafzai

Blog post for Women’s History Month written by WriteGirl mentee Amanda, Age 16.

 “They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed. The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”

If you aren’t acquainted with the speaker of these fiery words, the wise, 16-year-old Pakistani teen cloaked in vibrant hijabs and shawls of courage, then I am glad to introduce you. Malala Yousafzai, who, in 2012, was shot point blank in the head on her school bus by the Taliban for standing up for her right to education, was never weakened by the violent attack against her. If anything, the shooting empowered her.

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In Her Own Words: If I Were A WriteGirl

In Her Own Words: If I Were A WriteGirl

Essay written by WriteGirl mentee Janel, 12th grade:

Three years ago, if anyone had asked me to read my poetry aloud in front of an audience, I would have laughed and politely declined. I was hardly comfortable sharing my written work with others, let alone getting up on a stage and performing the poetry I had scribbled into my journal and tucked away for safekeeping.

This all changed when I joined WriteGirl.

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Hello World! A Mentor/Mentee Interview

Hello World! A Mentor/Mentee Interview

Carly Pandza (mentor, 25) and Zoe C. (mentee, 18) have been a mentor/mentee pair with WriteGirl since February 2012.  They meet once a week and at monthly genre-specific writing workshops. They meet for about an hour and do all sorts of writing from poetry to short stories.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, they decided to interview one another about their personal experiences and opinions as writers and as a mentor/mentee pair.  This is their interview.

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In Her Own Words: Doing the Write Thing

In Her Own Words: Doing the Write Thing

Essay by Jacqueline Uy:

"Back in elementary school, there was always that one kid who, when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, would say, 'I want to be president.' That kid was me.

But as I got older I realized that what I really wanted to become was a journalist, specifically a foreign correspondent. Even with this, I never really thought that I would ever step foot in the White House, much less meet first lady Michelle Obama. So when the opportunity to do both arose, I reacted like any normal 16-year-old in my situation: I didn’t believe it."

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Room for More Dreamers

Room for More Dreamers

Blog post written by WriteGirl Mentee Amanda, 11th grade:

"A year ago, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenage girl, was shot by the Taliban for standing up for girls' education, and, against all odds, she survived. Malala’s story sparked a fire that burns across my horizons with the plum passion of a dragon hearth and tenderness of a soft lighted candle."

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WriteGirl Season 12 Highlights and Slideshow

WriteGirl Season 12 Highlights and Slideshow

For the past nine months, our girls have taken part in a jam-packed schedule filled with creative writing workshops, led by some of the most influential female writers in the community. With the guidance of these spectacular writers, our girls put their pens to the page and wrote songs, poems, short stories, and scenes. They blogged, they polished their public speaking skills, and they wrote custom Father’s Day poems for our WriteOn! Campaign. They expressed themselves creatively, and formed special bonds with their mentors through weekly meetings.

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