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Martin Luther King Jr Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr.Day On August 28th 1963 the inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered by civil rights activist Martin Luther King Junior. Today, more than 50 years later, we celebrate King's achievements and his struggle against segregation and racism. Jon Meacham wrote that, "With a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr.joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who've shaped modern America," and he deserved the praise.He built a program of non-violence by combining Christian teachings and Gandhi's methods of non-violence.Martin Luther King Jr.was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.In 1962 he organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, that attracted national attention and helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. It was this same speech that led him to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence on October 14th, 1964. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.After his tragic death he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 and in 1986 Martin Luther King, Jr.Day was established as an official U.S.Holiday. "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal," was only a portion of the inspirational speech that would change civil rights forever.

By |January 15th, 2018|Girls Care|

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

This Halloween, Trick or Treat for UNICEF Halloween is my favorite time of the year. You get to dress up as whoever you want, and nobody will judge you for it, as they're doing the same thing. You also get to go around your neighborhood, and get candy, for free! Who doesn't like free candy? But what if you could help kids in dire need at the same time? Well, you can! If you sign up, UNICEF will send you a box, and you can collect donations to send to them. If it's too close to Halloween, then you can go here and create your own collection can! All the info is there and where to send the money too! This money will go to kids who are suffering from the detrimental effects of ebola, lack clean water, and are in need of an education. Don't plan on going trick-or-treating? You can still help! You can also create a fundraising page, which you can share with your friends and family. They can then donate through that page, and it'll go right to UNICEF. Happy Halloween!

By |October 27th, 2017|Girls Care|

How to Dress Like Famous Historical Women this Halloween

The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be. – Ada Lovelace October 17th is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Since 2009 it is held every year on the second Tuesday of October. With Halloween fast approaching we thought we'd take this opportunity to point out some strong historical women (Miss Lovelace included) who might inspire your Halloween adventures.   Queen of the Nile mightygirl Rosie the Riviter mightygirl Let everyone who sees you this Halloween know that "we can do it!" Emelia Earhart mightygirl Take to the skies with this costume celebrating one ground-breaking woman! Athena mightygirl Inspire wisdom, courage and strength with this Greek goddess look. Florence Nightingale mightygirl Get some inspiration form the "Lady of the Lamp" known for introducing the world to modern nursing. Rockford Peach mightygirl Channel your inner athlete and go as one of the Rockford Peaches from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Ada Lovelace takebackhalloween Or take inspiration from Ada Lovelace day and be one of the most remarkable visionaries in the history of science! What are you being for Halloween this year? If you could be any strong, female figure for Halloween who would you choose? Let us know in the comments below.

By |October 17th, 2017|Girls Care|

Happy International Day of the Girl

October 11th is International Day of the Girl Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises. **** At Miss O & Friends, we work everyday to celebrate, empower and inspire girls all over the world. A special shout out to our amazing girl community for making that possible!! What kind of challenges do you face as a girl? What do you want to see changed? Stand up, speak out and be that change because who run the world...? GIRLS!

What Would It Be Like If Gender Roles Were Reversed?

For a school project, Ella Fields (now age 14) was asked to think about what she was most passionate and the result is this incredible short film  At age 13, Ella created “Stereo,” described as “a film about reversed gender stereotypes,” and it’s been viewed over 1.7 million times to date. In Fields’ film, boys are the only ones who are supposed to wear dresses and girls are forbidden from participating in musical theater, both things the female protagonist yearns to do.  “I mainly just wanted to raise awareness of how stereotypes are meaningless,” Fields says. “Girls can do anything boys can do, and boys can do anything we can, too.” We absolutely love this! Go Ella! Keep squashing those stereotypes. Because yes, we agree... stereotypes suck. Have you ever felt held back by gender stereotypes?