"It’s time for our young girls to have a new standard." Angelica Sweeting is the mother of two little girls who found that none of the dolls at toy stores looked like her daughters. https://www.instagram.com/p/BG9y5x7zFHV/?hl=en www.instagram.com "Like most young girls with kinky/curly hair, my daughter Sophia was not happy with her kinks and curls because of the doll I was putting in her hands every day" Angelica said. She said that at the early age of three her daughter was already expressing a dislike of her hair, facial features and skin tone. https://www.instagram.com/p/BF7Ak64TFHQ/?hl=en www.instagram.com So Angelica took matters into her own hands, creating "The Angelica Doll" - an 18-inch doll for girls with natural hair. You can wash it, dry it, twist it out, curl it, bantu knot it and create countless other styles. https://www.instagram.com/p/BLqaUYtgQ7I/?hl=en www.instagram.com "As I began to develop The Angelica Doll and give serious thought to the things I wanted to do for young girls," Angelica said. "I realized that I had been influenced by society’s standard of beauty for as long as I could remember." She explained that at the age of 27 she is beginning to see herself as naturally beautiful and wants this to happen for daughters and all women with "...kinks, curls, wider noses and fuller lips" earlier on in life. https://www.instagram.com/p/BG5LRvSzFKY/?hl=en www.instagram.com "We are creating Naturally Perfect Dolls to let girls know that they are beautiful. Our girls need to see a reflection of their own unique beauty. It’s time for our young girls to have a new standard." What do you think of Naturally Perfect
Speaking volumes with a Safety Pin Since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, people are speaking out by protesting in the streets and signing petitions. One way people are making a statement is through a fashion trend that started post-Brexit. To stand up against sexism, racism and xenophobia, people are wearing safety pins in a show of solidarity. Good reports that after an increase in attacks on immigrants in Britain, a Twitter user rallied people on social media to wear the small pins as a sign of unity. This week, as hate speech and violence were reported in the US, the symbol has traveled across the ocean. https://www.instagram.com/p/BMnhTzUhNlv/ www.instagram.com https://www.instagram.com/p/BMq8R10DiCq/ www.instagram.com https://www.instagram.com/p/BMuoGMzAtGv/ www.instagram.com https://www.instagram.com/p/BMw5rnBjaoH/ www.instagram.com What do you think of the US election results? Are you wearing a safety pin to show support? Let us know in the comments below.
How to get involved in the 2016 election when you're too young to vote The 2016 election has been nothing short of a media storm. With constant scandals, leaked videos and outrageous comments we sometimes feel like turning off all forms of technology and forgetting the whole thing. And it’s pretty tempting – especially when you’re under 18. But just because you’re too young to vote doesn’t mean you can’t make your voice heard. Take to Social Media Start a conversation on social media about what you think is important. Are you interested in women’s rights? Post a pic on Instagram. May be you think health care should be a top priority – let the blogosphere know. Talk to your Parents Tell your parents who you feel about the election and ask their opinion. Research recently published in Social Science Quarterly, “found that when students bring home assignments or start discussions about the election, parents pay more attention to campaign news and may even be swayed on issues.” Express Yourself through Fashion https://www.instagram.com/p/BIIdlOqAUQc/ www.instagram.com Throughout the year we’ve seen celebs dress the part by wearing clothes in support of their favored candidate. So wear a political pin that’s says, “Make America Great Again” or a t-shirt that says, “I’m With Her”. What do you think of the 2016 Election? If you could vote who would you vote for and why? Let us know in the comments below.
Women have won the right to vote! photo courtesy of history.com It's hard to believe that in this day and age there was a time where American women could not vote in a major political election. It's hard to even image! But thanks to the many strong willed, intelligent women, who believed in the importance of a woman's vote in this country, we now have the right to vote. So girls, even if you can't vote yet, PLEASE make sure your Mothers, Aunts, Grandma's, Cousins and Friends that are over 18 get out to vote. Use your "Pester Power" to make sure they do it! It's a civil right we have won! Make sure you see their sticker they get after they vote. Let's embrace this opportunity and make our Women Suffragettes proud of us! And of course we need your Dads, Uncles, Grandpa's, to vote too!! Every vote counts! It's just not for the President. It's for all the other people running on the ballot too. Your vote WILL make a difference. The Fight for Women to vote On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time. For almost 100 years, women (and men) had been fighting to win that right: They had made speeches, signed petitions, marched in parades and argued over and over again that women, like men, deserved all of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The leaders of this campaign did not always agree with one another–in fact, sometimes their disagreements threatened to derail their movement–but each was committed to the enfranchisement of all
“BEElieve in the impossible and dream like a kid” When Mikaila was just four years old she was encouraged to invent a product for the Acton Children’s business Fair and Austin Lemonade Day. ME & THE BEES So she got to thinking, puzzled over a few ideas and then two really important events happened, “[she] got stung by a bee. Twice” and, “…[her] Great Granny Helen, who lives in Cameron, South Carolina, sent my family a 1940's cookbook, which included her special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade.” Oddly enough getting stung by a bee made Mikaila fall in love with the tiny, black and yellow creatures, “I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen's recipe?” And so Me & the Bees Lemonade was born. ME & THE BEES Year-after-year Mikaila sells-out of her prize-winning lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events and donates a percentage of the profits to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. ME & THE BEES Today Mikaila looks forward to growing her business and continuing to help the honey bees?
Being Unapologetically Unique The desire to fit in can be pretty strong and sometimes that means giving up something you love in order to fall into the "it" crowd. May be you gave up playing lacrosse because all your friends were playing soccer, or stopped watching your favorite T.V. show because everyone was talking about Once Upon a Time. If you ever feel like stopping something you love just remember to be "100% Not From Concentrate": Alicia Keys Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic You may remember when the "Girl on Fire" showed up at the VMA's messy bun with braid accents revealing glowing skin free of eyeshadow, mascara and well…makeup. Misty Copeland This dancer overcame her low self-esteem by finding her passion for dance. Now she wants all dancers (and girls everywhere) to love their bodies. Modcloth MODCLOTH If you haven't already heard Modcloth has promised to never photoshop their models again as, “Portraying women in an honest and realistic way is essential to fulfilling our brand purpose of empowering women to be the best version of themselves." The Final Five GETTY Gymnasts, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, dominated in every category during the 2016 summer Olympics, making their way to the podium decked in gold medals. Barbie MATTEL At the start of the year Mattel took a huge risk by redesigning Barbie and giving her three new makeovers. Now, instead of the unrealistic body she used to have, Barbie can now be seen as tall, curvy and petite. Ariel Winter For totally hitting back at body shamers and
Who says girls can't be brave? P&G’s Always is known for making some very inspiring videos. Recently they decided to ask both grown women and girls if they’d ever felt prevented from doing something. Some gave very specific answers such as the little girl who poignantly says "It's always the boys who rescue the girls in the stories" to the older women who talked about how they changed after puberty. YOUTUBE In between interviews the video throws out facts such as 72% of girls think society limits them. The girls were then asked to write those limitations on cardboard boxes and kick them away. Finally, girls are asked to share their stories using the hashtag #Unstoppable. Have you ever felt like society limits the things you can do and say? How do you break those barriers? Let us know in the comments below.
If you girls like a guy who doesn't like you back... It really stinks if no guy likes you, it just whomps. How you can tell if you see a cutie that you are crushing on: #1. If he looks at you dreamily, he'd love you very much. #2. If he's trying to run from you - its sure sign he hates you. #3. Guys who try to make his move by touching you appropriately; he likes you for sure. #4. He touches you abusively - he doesn't like you the way you think... AND #5. If you notice anything strange, just assume it's a phase, and dump the jerk, but if he's really kind and nice, and not a total Dale, he'd be the right choice for the teen right of passage of marriage, reproduction and love. Be strong and kind. I think that any guy will be lucky to love you or any other girl. If they can't see it, they ARE DOOMED!!!!
I was wondering what kind of these do you have? I have a MP3 player so it makes me sad when you get gift cards for ITunes and some people don't have a phone or iPod or something like that so when some girls win a prize and get that gift card or a case for a phone or something some girls feel bad. So i was wondering if any of you girls have that problem?
There are all types of people out there With school starting, you're going to meet a whole group of new people. Here are few girls you might meet in middle school! Our first type of friend you will meet starts now!! The SourSweet Girl Sweet on her appearance, but how about personality. SourSweet means she is nice in a sarcastic way, but then blurts out a rude comment. They don't usually mean what they say. Talk about sarcasm!! The Drama Queen Okay, the drama queen type is sometimes common in books like Dork Diaries, but let's face it, drama queens usually have a circle of friends that she is only nice to. Just like the SourSweet Girl, the drama queen may also use sarcasm. The Sports Girl The Sports Girl is usually very athletic. She may hang around with boys, play games like Call of Duty, and Gears of War. She may have a slightly rebellious personality, but not always. The Shy Girl If you think of shy, the following words like timid may come out. No, not Timid from the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Shy girls usually do very good in school, and may only feel comfortable talking to an adult they trust or friends they know. Where is My Gum?! Girl Think about it, you got caught in class chewing gum. This girl can't live without her gum, the chewable kind, like Juicy Fruit. If you are like this, you may risk for getting suspended, or getting caught by a teacher. We will be covering two more, which