Intersections: International Day of the Girl 2019

October 11, 2019 by Bill Ivey

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

Intersections: Beyond the Fear

October 10, 2017 by Bill Ivey

A few weeks ago, Nola-Rae Cronan of the Columbus School of Girls sent out an email that began:

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.

Filed Under: social justice, International Day of the Girl, equity, Feminism, Intersections, Courage

Intersections: Report on Girls (2016)

October 22, 2016 by Bill Ivey
Recently, a CBS photo-essay entitled “Top 35 countries to be a girl” shared information from a report released by Save the Children on this year’s International Day of the Girl. The top 15 were all from Europe, with Sweden, Finland, and Norway leading the way; the Europeans claimed 24 of the top 35 spots. New Zealand was the top non-European country (16th), Israel the top Asian country (17th), Canada the top North American country (19th), and Algeria the top African country (31st). No South American countries made the list. The United States did squeak into the top 35, following Algeria at 32nd. (CBS)


Filed Under: International Day of the Girl, Feminism, Global Perspective, Intersections, civil rights

Through Peace, Through Dialogue, Through Education

October 10, 2013 by Bill Ivey

“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?”

Filed Under: gender, girls' education, International Day of the Girl, In the Classroom, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Women in media, Malala Yousafzai, Current Events

Truth to Power

October 11, 2012 by Bill Ivey

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