International Women’s Day – Recommended Reading & Viewing

March 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm 1 comment

Yesterday, March 8th was International Women’s Day, just as it has been every year since the early 1900s. It marks a global day of celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women  past, present and future. March is also National Women’s History Month.

We at the Girls Circle Association regularly come across many wonderful organizations, events, books, articles and videos that celebrate the achievements of women and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to share some of our recent discoveries with you.

EVE ENSLER LECTURE ON TED.COM
Eve Ensler wrote the ground-breaking Vagina Monoluges, founded V-day, recently released her newest book, I Am an Emotional Creature, The Secret Lives of Girls Around The World and she also lectures around the globe.  Eve is a feminist hero and she recently gave a beautiful 20 minute talk at the Ted Conference on the “girl cells” in all of us. The lecture was titled, Embrace Your Inner Girl and we highly recommend it!

VIEW LECTURE VIDEO HERE: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/eve_ensler_embrace_your_inner_girl.html

MARIA SHRIVER ARTICLE ON WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Maria Shriver, the First Lady of California wrote a wonderful article which can be read on Huffington Post called Celebrating History Can Inspire Us To Make It. The article is about National Women’s History Month which was started in California 32 years ago and about her work in this state and around the country towards women’s equality.  The overall theme of her article is “women, let’s keep on making history!”

READ HERE:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-shriver/celebrating-history-can-i_b_485753.html

NEW MOON GIRLS – EMPOWERING GIRLS PROJECT FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
New Moon Girls is an online community and print magazine for teen and pre-teen girls. They have a new empowering girls’ project about women in history where girls are encouraged to submit their stories.

READ, PARTICIPATE AND SHARE HERE: http://www.newmoon.com/topic/?id=36

THREE CUPS OF TEA – A BOOK RECOMMENDATION
Kitty Tyrol, the Girls Circle Association Senior Training Manager sent a book recommendation to the rest of the GCA staff that I’d like to share with you.  The book is called Three Cups of Tea and it was written by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (2006).  Here is a synopsis from Kitty: “Greg falls off a mountain and lands in a village, Korphe, the people save his life.  He sees that the children have no school building and in particular, there is no schooling for girls.  He promises to return one day and build them a school – and so his life’s journey and purpose is defined.  He builds schools (mostly for girls) throughout the mountain regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Here is an excerpt: “Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities,’ Mortensen explains.  ‘but the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned.  If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.”  “if the girls can just get to a fifth-grade level, everything changes.” (p. 209)

READ MORE & BUY HERE:  http://www.threecupsoftea.com/

Those are some of our new favorite sites, videos, books, etc.  Please comment and share your new and old favorites with us as well.  Happy National Women’s History Month and Belated International Women’s Day.  My wish for us all today is to be bold, fearless and full of joy.

– Moorea Dickason, Training Coordinator for the Girls Circle Association.

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  • 1. katedubois  |  March 11, 2010 at 7:18 am

    What a great list! Eve Ensler, Maria Shriver, Greg Mortenson. The Vagina Monologues is a brilliant play, the Women’s Conference an outstanding place to learn, and Three Cups of Tea one of the best books I’ve read.

    Another book that is a great read for Women’s History Month is Rosemary Trible’s new book Fear to Freedom. Wow! I couldn’t put it down. Her story is all three of the above people’s stories combined, and her faith walk from fear to freedom and service inspiring.

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