The FIFA World Cup is the largest sporting event in the world. The 32 best national male soccer teams compete, attracting an audience of more than 26 million people worldwide and costing billions of dollars every time it is staged. This time, the host country of the cup was Brazil, and advertisers and media outlets were happy to produce a variety of world-cup themed images in order to cash in on the soccer craze. Whether it’s beer, cars, lingerie, fast food or soft drinks, companies were eagerly drawing upon nationalist sentiments as well as staging their products within a Brazilian wonderland to attract millions of soccer fans to their brand.
These two strands – nationalist symbolism and the romanticization of Brazil as an exotic and beautiful playground – tie into another popular trope used in the World Cup imagery: that of the beautiful, scantly-clothed woman present merely as something to be looked at in order to complete the straight male soccer fans’ wet dream.
GIRLS are: independent, ambitious, curious, adventurous, courageous, funny, honest, loving, unique, healthy, risk-taking, strong, smart, able to resolve conflicts, diverse, adventurous, self-aware, brave, able, outgoing, hardworking, creative, athletic, leaders, critical thinkers, generous, and all sorts of amazing.
These posters can be spotted all over New York City’s terrain: on buses, trains, billboards, phone kiosks, subways, and more. The NYC Girls’ Project is a self-esteem initiative encouraging girls to believe that “beauty” doesn’t define them; they do. We’re so excited to be a partner of this amazing campaign!
”This fall, New York City becomes the first city in the nation to tackle the issue of girls’ self-esteem and body image. Recognizing that girls as young as 6 and 7 are struggling with body image and self-esteem, (over 80% of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat and by middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body), New York City is launching a self-esteem initiative to help girls believe their value comes from their character, skills, and attributes – not appearance.”
Hello! The 18th of October is the first anniversary of the Twitter Youth Feminist Army. Help us celebrate by telling us about something amazing a self defining woman or girl has done this since TYFA began (18th of October). They can be from anywhere in the world and it can be anything you find amazing. Singers, athletes, politians, business women, teachers, activists, writers, artists, scientists, inventers, leaders or even your mum. One of these amazing girls or women will be tweeted out on the TYFA Twitter every 10 minutes on the 18th. Click on this link to tell us about your amazing lady .
SPARK girl Lili Evans (a.k.a. World Leader Lilipop of Twitter Youth Feminist Army) is hosting this awesome opportunity to celebrate a girl or woman in the world (from Hilary to your mom) who inspires you! And on October 18th, the 1st anniversary of TYFA, one of these amazing women will be tweeted out every 10 minutes. Claim a shout-out for an amazing girl or woman you admire!
kickaction.ca wants to know how girls & young women are using the Internet, what all-girl spaces online provide the girls who use them, and how the Internet has improved or otherwise changed the way girls see themselves. Help them out by leaving a comment, & you could win a $25 iTunes gift card! You’ll also be helping them—and all their allies, like us!—create better spaces and programs for girls who use their resources. Win/win!
The Women’s Media Center invites girls from all over the United States, ages 14-22, to create a 1- 5 minute Girls’ State of the Union video in response to the President’s speech. Five finalists will be highlighted on the Women’s Media Center’s YouTube channel and a group of diverse and talented celebrity and new media influencer judges will choose the winner.
Like the President’s report, the Girls’ State of the Union will sum up the condition of the country—with special emphasis on the welfare of girls—and an outline of what the President’s legislative agenda and priorities for congress should be.
The winner, along with her parents or guardians, will be flown to Washington, DC to present her State of the Union report at the National Press Club in January.
The lack of ladies in STEM (science, technology engineering and math) fields is “troubling,” reports The Washington Post's Anna Holmes. “According to a report released last month by the Department of Commerce, although females fill almost half of the jobs in the American economy, less than 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields are held by women.” One reason ladies might shy away from geekier professions, argues Holmes, “there were no depictions of female characters involved in any sort of STEM career in children’s movies.” That's not quite true: the study Holmes cites out of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media found three. So what exactly do these precious few role models look like?
(hint: it’s not great.)
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