Several weeks ago I was asked to help facilitate a Girls University workshop at the Brooks Museum of Art. This was my first time volunteering with the Girls, Inc. organization and like so often happens when we give of ourselves, we get much more in return.

The two-part workshop was centered around the temporary exhibition "Looking at Women." The exhibition explored some of the ways women have been represented in art (including the role of goddess, mother, femme fatale, etc.) By looking at a wide range of examples we were able to examine differing and evolving viewpoints. During the two sessions participants explored the role of women in art, society, and culture. Using examples from the exhibition and museum's permanent collection, they communicated their reactions and reflections through discussions, journaling and sketching. It was especially interesting for me to see and hear how young women (with no art background) interpreted the work.

This has been part of a larger journey for me to find meaning, to contribute in some way to the greater good and my community. Admittedly, my first instinct is to promote, volunteer, and donate to animal shelters and charities but was a cause deserving of an exception.

The Girls, Inc. organization "aims to empower all girls to be strong, smart, and bold". . . a worthy goal if I've ever heard one. Through a wide variety of programing (ranging from Google's Made with Code to workshops in visual and performing arts to an introduction to organic farming and local chefs using the "farm to table" concept) Girls University works to promote the Girls, Inc organization's mission to empower all girls. If you're interested in Girls, Inc or the Girls University Program, I encourage you to learn more and become involved in whatever way works for you.


New York Times Opinion Pages

To the Editor:

Re “To Stop Violence, Start at Home” (Op-Ed, Feb. 4):

The data-driven position laid forth by Pamela Shifman and Salamishah Tillet creates a powerful case for empowering girls from a young age to embrace their role as catalysts for change at the individual and societal levels.

When a girl understands and recognizes her right to be safe, respected and supported in all relationships, she is a direct challenge to the threat of violence. Investing in education to help girls understand that they have value and that women and men have the same rights increases the likelihood that they will be able to recognize and extricate themselves from risky situations, and advocate for education and resources for others to do the same.

This does not take the responsibility away from boys and men to do their part; rather, it reflects the potential for a greater shift in society. It is only when women and girls are seen as fully equal and deserving of opportunity that the biases too often at the root of gender-based violence will cease.

The presence of strong, independent women, and particularly minority women, in more lives is critical to the internalization of gender equality as the norm and violence as unacceptable.


President and Chief Executive Girls Inc.

New York


Check out Lisa Moore on the March 9, 2015 episode of The Spark on WKNO. The theme for the episode was "Empowering Women"

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It doesn’t come out until February 9, but the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition is getting a lot of attention, and plus-sized models are stealing the show. But not everyone is happy with the way these women are being portrayed.

WREG asked women what they thought of the picture of plus-size model Ashley Graham.

Erin Perry said, “I think this looks like a regular woman.”

Nikki Lassiter added, “She is a normal, everyday girl, in a bathing suit.”

Robyn Trujillo said, “That’s not plus-size to me at all.”

Graham is modeling for a bathing suit company stressing that bodies come in every shape.

Folks with Girls Inc. are focused on healthy body images, and they work with girls to teach them how to read through the advertising.

Lindsey Stanfill said, “They look at this and say what is the underlying message? Who are we trying to sell things to? They can recognize what is realistic and what is unrealistic.”

Stanfill says girls are bombarded with images of unrealistic women every day, and it can affect their self-esteem when they don’t see that same image looking back at them in the mirror. But through efforts like Girls Inc., they learn that every body is beautiful, and the images in Sports Illustrated echo that.

“When they see images like that, they know how to react to them,” she said.

Women we talked to say this one ad is a step in the right direction.

Lassiter said, “At least they are moving in the direction of putting normal looking women in magazines.”

She says models like Graham should be who we see splashed on the pages of these magazines every day instead of the Photoshopped girls who tend to land on the cover.



My grandmother, Mertie Buckman, suggested I get involved with Girls Inc. of Memphis. From day one I knew it was making a difference in our city by providing girls the skills and self-confidence the need to be successful. - Kathy Buckman Gibson

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