I started shopping for my good friend’s four-year-old’s birthday gift. Not because gift-giving is obligatory societally, but because I’ve known this little kid since she was 4 weeks old and she’s very special to me.
I was blessed as a child with generous relatives and family friends who gave a wide array of the most amazing inspiring beautiful gifts!! So to continue the legacy, here is my first attempt to move past my first thought (Oooooh, sparkly pink tutu!!!!!) and share with you some gifts with greater perceived depth. I say ‘perceived’ because as an artist and costumer, I very much so value beautiful fabric and visual aesthetics and see them as facilitating perception of the beauty of the world.
The age range for the below list is wider than just the 4-year-old crowd, and the price range is on the low side. A lot of these are from ‘amightygirl.com’, which you should definitely check out.
And I think that will about exhaust most folks’ willingness to click links, so I’ll save some others for a future post. Keep on raising amazing, intelligent, sparkly-eyed, alive, compassionate girls. We all start little, and then get inspired.
This is a bold statement, I realize that, and you have excuses why you “can’t” but I assure you, anything you want to do, you Can do.
Are you one of the people in your organization at work who deals with who is paid what amount? Go in and look at whether there are male and female employees there who are doing the same work. Even-out the pay between them.
Do you want to read books where the default pronoun is ‘she’? As in, “when any human feels they are capable of a task, she will complete that task with confidence” or myriad other examples. So write those books. Write those blog posts.
Do you want to fight rape on a real and personal level? Take reasonable precautions; Don’t invite people over until you know them really well, avoid getting completely intoxicated, and when your friends mention ideas of theirs that you think might put them or you in a dangerous situation, speak up and tell them so! Respect your instincts. Practice speaking up for yourself on all kinds of things, so that you make it a practice of making your needs and intentions clear.
And then my favorite: Do you want to see media that *respects* women? Create it. Create movies that don’t question female power and agency; they exhibit it. Create advertisements (even unofficial ones!) that show healthy women whose features aren’t obscured by makeup and don’t bother to call attention to the fact. Calling attention to something makes it increase, as it is the focus. So create the world as you’d like it. Show these strong and beautiful ideas of yours with confidence and abandon!
One of my best friends (nicknamed ‘Disco’) is running a triathlon in support of ‘Girls on the Run‘, a Chicago-located non-profit. She describes the program as “an amazing program that provides elementary and middle school girls with healthy, positive afterschool running programs.” I am so proud of her and want to do what I can to help.
I am thrilled to be aiding a program dedicated to furthering the success of young women by way of supporting the efforts of a young woman with a practical goal. It’s a beautiful thing to see women band together to accomplish positive goals!
The funds she raises will pay scholarships for girls who cannot otherwise afford to pay for the program. The donation page also states:
Chicago has made a commitment to ensure that at least 50% of their participants are from Chicagoland’s most underserved, low-income communities. This year Girls on the Run – Chicago will award more than $700,000 in scholarships and subsidies, and next year they are hoping to award nearly $900,000. Thank you in advance for your generous support!
Activities such as running, biking, and playing team sports promote intellectual and physical development, as well as enhancing confidence and social skills. Young women need to learn these skills in order to be prepared to succeed in life. Making use of such opportunities can often depend on what is available in a given locality and what these young women’s families are financially capable of providing.
You are awesome. I’m feeling good about supporting the future of this country~ in the form of its young women’s success!
In Northwest DC exists a magical space called Bloombars! “When you Bloom, We Bloom” says their sign. They exist by donations. To my mind, their continued existence is a sure sign of quality!
Thursday, March 22
Heart to Art (Ages 7 and 12)
WhenThu, March 22, 4pm – 6pm
Heart to Art is a superhero school for young girlswho want to use art to change the world. Each week, students will take on a new topic (environment, civil rights, peace, health, disease, conflict resolution), and then explore that issue through music, dance, visual arts, film and theater. Artist in Bloom resident and renowned vocalist Tamika Love Jones will lead the sessions along with guest speakers and artists. Parental consent required for youth under 18. Participation is a $10 donation per session or $100 for 12 sessions.
So awesome! I’d love to hear about anyone’s experience with Bloombars, especially this event.