“This is the year I’m going to drop 10 pounds!” How many times and for how many decades have we heard girls and women of all ages tie their New Year’s resolution to weight loss? The pressure to become a ‘whole new you’ too often means starting a diet, joining a gym, and ultimately weight …
“Okay, let’s talk about the ‘perfect girl’ according to media,” I said to the 10 middle-school girls in the MEDIAGIRLS class I piloted in 2014. The idea was to get girls thinking critically about messages they receive from media and how it ties to their self-worth. “How would you describe her?” Silence. I try again: …
Sexting has become common and we need to address it as part of our larger, ongoing conversations about sex and relationships. Here’s how. 14 min read
By Michal Shvimer, editorial volunteer for MEDIAGIRLS, is a rising junior at Boston University studying Journalism with a minor in International Relations. At Boston Calling, a summer music festival, I saw three girls standing quietly off to the side while a big crowd was enjoying the music. They were about 15 years old and wearing …
A #REALMEDIAGIRL is someone who uses her social media to be authentic, speak up for what she believes in, and lift up other girls and women.
Tech may spike anxiety and stress in girls and young women, but the MEDIAGIRLS Youth Advisory Board shares apps that boost well-being. 5 min read
A lot is going on in the world right now that is frustrating.
What’s an aspiring teenage girl social media activist to do? 4 min read
What to do when a social media post is in the gray area between cyberbullying and harmless fun. 4 min read
Middle schoolers tell us they are addicted to YouTube, spending endless hours a day consuming favorite shows, music videos, DIY tips, and more. How can we empower girls to share their creativity with the world without focusing too much on fame or the more shallow aspects of YouTube culture? 6 min read
Do ad campaigns that do not digitally retouch their models make a difference for girls? Here are 5 questios to start thinking about these campaigns and the greater movement that they symbolize. 5 min read