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Make change with the GFC Action Kit!

For years, Girl Action Teams all over the country have been using our Action Kit to help them facilitate their social change projects. Now we’ve made it free and available for all to use!

Starting a girl empowerment or social change club at your school? Working with a group of young women this fall? 

Email rachel@girlsforachange.org for more information and to find out how you can get a copy of the Girl Action Kit!

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Girls For A Change’s Action Kit: now available!

For years, Girl Action Teams all over the country have been using our Action Kit to help them facilitate their social change projects. Now we’ve made it free and available for all to use!

Starting a girl empowerment or social change club at your school? Working with a group of young women this fall? 

Email rachel@girlsforachange.org for more information and to find out how you can get a copy of the Girl Action Kit!

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Wow… so cool.

images from last weekend’s Girl Ambassador Summit in California!

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Last week in response to VOCO’s extremely sexist and sexually objectifying  advertisements, MissRepresentation.org launched a new #NotBuyingIt campaign against the company. 

As displayed above, the ads used various female body parts and sexually suggestive language to promote their line of products. Need a refreseher in sexual objectification? Here you go!

The phrase “sexual objectification” has been around since the 1970s, but the phenomenon is more rampant than ever in popular culture–and we now know that it causes real harm.

What exactly is it, though? If objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like an object, then sexual objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like a sex object, one that serves another’s sexual pleasure.

How do we know sexual objectification when we see it? Building on the work of Nussbaum and Langton, I’ve devised the Sex Object Test (SOT) to measure the presence of sexual objectification in images. In it, I propose that sexual objectification is present if the answer to any of the following seven questions is “yes”:

1) Does the image show only part(s) of a sexualized person’s body?

Headless women, for example, make it easy to see them as only a body by erasing the individuality communicated through faces, eyes and eye contact.

2) Does the image present a sexualized person as a stand-in for an object?   

3) Does the image show sexualized persons as interchangeable?

Interchangeability is a common advertising theme that reinforces the idea that women, like objects, are fungible. And like objects, “more is better,” a market sentiment that erases the worth of individual women. 

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(Caroline Heldman via MsMagazine.org)

Dozens of comments from MissRep and the organization’s Social Action Reps flooded the company’s Facebook page, which were promptly censored by VOCO. Eventually the company had to completely pull down their Facebook page due to the bombardment of incoming comments and messages from people protesting the objectifying nature of the ads. 

The page is now back up and running and MissRepresentation.org has informed us that they are in contact with Dirk Marketing, the agency behind the ad campaign. Hopefully we will see some real change as a result of this successful #NotBuyingIt campaign!

Read updates about the campaign here: #NotBuyigIt: VOCO

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Ann Cotton comments on gender equality and education here saying, “Action is really what’s going to count for this generation of girls.” Cotton is the founder and executive director of Camfed, an international non-profit organization that fights poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by educating girls and empowering women. Support Camfed and join the Half the Sky Movement.

(Source: youtube.com, via shesthefirst)

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Vote for MissRepresentation.org’s next social action campaign!

Women have been more prominent than ever at this year’s American political conventions. From Condoleeza Rice to Elizabeth Warren, the past two weeks have been dominated by impressive speeches from impressive women. Though women still comprise only 17% of Congress in the US, the powerful representation at the conventions makes us hopeful that the numbers will continue to increase in the coming years! But it’s not just political speeches which have us excited about the future - it’s you.

Over the past few weeks we’ve received an unbelievable response to our call for campaign ideas. From starting film festivals for girls to creating leadership conferences for women, people around the world have sent us inspiring messages about how they are committed to changing the representation of women and girls in our culture.We’ve sifted through all the ideas and found a few, listed below, which we felt resonated most with the mission of MissRepresentation.org. Now it’s up to you to help us make the final decision!

  • Only 30% of children’s books have female protagonists. Let’s petition a major publisher of children’s books to pledge to include more female lead characters in their books this year! (from Maya M.)
  • "Fresh Face Friday" - Let’s create an International Day of no makeup to spark conversation and action around how to better value the internal beauty of all women and girls. (from Shea B.)
  • In response to recent misunderstandings, let’s launch a campaign to pressure mainstream media to further educate the American public on the seriousness of rape around the world. (from Camille T.)

VOTE NOW your favorite campaign!

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Check out GFC staff member Rachel’s contribution to MissRepresentation.org’s most recent action alert

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Social Action Representative Rachel took this week’s Rep Action to the streets of Santa Cruz. Check it out. #SARep