In many ways, 2019 has been an amazing year for girls. Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with climate change, and Alexandria Villaseñor and Isra Hirsi, among others, have also received well-deserved attention. Mari Copeny continues to advocate tirelessly for an improved water supply for her hometown of Flint, and Autumn Peltier has been doing the same for the indigenous people of Canada. And Malala Yousafzai’s name still pops up on occasion in connection with her own ongoing work advocating for girls’ education and women’s equality.
Filed Under: student voice, student government, International Day of the Girl, Malala Yousafzai, student agency, Student Activism, Greta Thunberg, Isra Hirsi, OEKs, Alexandria Villaseñor, Mari Copeny, Autumn Peltier
I hope this finds you well. In honor of the International Day of the Girl, my students will be hosting several Hangouts to connect girls around the world. The conversations will be self-directed by the students who attend, with student facilitators. We hope to provide an opportunity to unite girls across borders on the ways we are similar and bring us closer together by celebrating our differences.
“Education is a power for women.”
- Malala Yousafzai
“This question is hard!” a student good-naturedly pointed out to me. “You always ask such broad questions.” “Of course it’s hard,” I said. “I want you all to think, to think deeply, to - how do I put this? - learn things.” I gave her my “Call me crazy” shrug and she turned back to her discussion partner to figure out “What is a girl?”
Gender is the fundamental construct for how a society understands difference.
- Women Under Siege
Filed Under: gender, The Girls School Advantage, On Education, International Day of the Girl, gender wage gap, Girls Schools, All Girls Education, Feminism, In the Classroom, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, The Faculty Perspective, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School