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We've updated the Resources page with (1) African American Girls and Access to Educational Opportunity Report, (2) Article on Disability and the Women's Movements and (3) Factsheets on AB 2404, local legislation that mandates gender equity in recreational parks. Check it out!
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I am proud to announce our fall events for 2014. We are doing it a little differently this year. Rather than conduct monthly trainings, Alliance for Girls’ members will host monthly discussion groups. These discussions will emphasize connection and troubleshooting rather than learning from a single trainer. Each discussion group is created, hosted and facilitated by an Alliance member.
The discussion groups will not replace Alliance trainings. Rather, our trainings will also change shape. They will be half-day deep-dives focused on critical needs for girls’ organizations and their leaders. I am excited to announce our trainers this year, as their services are truly a gift to the Alliance.
Alliance for Girls is making these programmatic changes for two reasons. (1) We have been surveying and calling members to understand what members need from, and love about, the Alliance. Members responded almost unanimously: connection and relationship-building is paramount. (2) AFG was founded by six leaders who believed in the power of collective impact and collective voice. It is critical to our essence, our success and our survival that members continue to feel ownership of this network. You are Alliance for Girls!
My hope is that these changes will encourage you, our members and community supporters, to build deep and lasting relationships with one another, create innovative and collaborative programs, and be empowered to use the Alliance for Girls platform as a tool for achieving your dreams as a leader, for your girls and for our collective future.
For more information about upcoming discussion groups and trainings, please check the events in the sidebar under “Alliance Events”.
Photo: Prop C Campaign Launch
Alliance for Girls Endorses Proposition C!
Together with its membership, Alliance for Girls successfully advocated for “gender-responsive and culturally competent services” and “services to address the needs of girls and LGBTQQ youth” to be included in the San Francisco children’s amendment, a bill that sets aside approximately $50 million annually in the Children’s Fund for youth services. Never before has gender-responsive services and girls’ services been mentioned in the children’s amendment language.
When Alliance for Girls (AFG) launched a member-wide campaign to restore funding to girls’ services from the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) in 2013, AFG realized gender-responsive services and girls’ specific needs were simply not on the radar at the department.
In November, voters in San Francisco will decide on Proposition C (Prop C). This legislation will put gender-responsive services on the radar. In fact, it will demand that gender-responsive services are always a goal of the fund. This is why Alliance for Girls is endorsing Prop C and supporting the Prop C campaign by joining coalition meetings, attending rallies and speaking out about the importance of this proposition.
If passed, Prop C would reauthorize the Children’s Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund, guaranteeing $125 million every year for the next 25 years without increasing taxes. Highlights from the legislation include:
According to recent polling, only an estimated 55% of voters surveyed online were in favor of the measure. This is too close! It will take a community effort to make sure our girls and LGBTQQ youth receive the support they need to thrive.
Alliance member Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth has produced an informative handout about Prop C with an overall breakdown of funding. Help by sharing it with your networks and informing others about this powerful piece of legislation. Other ways you can help:
Member Spotlight: Holy Names High School
Photo: Students volunteering in Salinas to prepare and serve lunch for the homeless and poor at Dorothy's Place
In 8th grade, Kendra Carr, now Dean of Students and Enrollment Manager at Holy Names High School, loved math. So much so that her teacher gave her extra work. However, despite her aptitude for solving math problems, she was always under the impression that boys were smarter and more confident than girls. That all changed when she enrolled in Holy Names High School.
A few years after college, Kendra joined Holy Names as staff. She was proud to work for a school that had taught her confidence, perseverance and a commitment to active citizenship. However, she remembered one missing component while she was there: she had developed confidence as a young woman but not as a woman of color.
Kendra realized there was a need for more role models of color at the school. She decided to become that role model and after years in an administrative position, assumed the role of Dean of Students. Her determination and leadership serves as a visible role model for her students who are often in her office asking for advice and chatting. She is also working to strengthen the Holy Names model of providing a safe, accepting and academically challenging learning environment for girls of every background. Kendra reflects, “Everywhere you look, the girls are running things...I say this all the time: I believe that my students will change the world for the best.”
Collaborate with Holy Names!
Kendra strongly believes in the power of collaboration in order to continue the success of Holy Names. If an Alliance member has insights into funding sources for STEM projects, please connect with Kendra at firstname.lastname@example.org. Holy Names has a Digital Diva internship program that trains girls to speak at teacher professional development trainings, develop tech clubs at local elementary schools and support students in the use of technology in the classroom.
Holy Names High School is also looking for new students who know they have gifts to offer the world and need a place designed for them. At Holy Names, girls excel academically, explore their passions and discover their potential as leaders. If you know a girl who would benefit from a small school community designed to empower girls, send her our way. Our annual fall Open House will be held on Sunday October 19th from 11am to 4pm.
This section provides links to summaries of relevant current events and research from this past month.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Women’s Law Center have produced a new report on African American girls and access to education titled, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity. This report takes a detailed look at the barriers African American girls are facing: racial and gender stereotypes leading to lowered self-esteem, harsher discipline practices and educational disparities across different subjects. Access the full report here.
According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetimes, the majority of whom are women of color. An estimated 32.3% of multiracial women, 27.5% of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 21.2% of non-Hispanic black women, 20.5% of non-Hispanic white women, and 13.6% of Hispanic women were raped during their lifetimes. Among female victims, an estimated 78.7% experienced rape before they turned 25 and an estimated 40.4% experienced rape before turning 18. Read the full study.
Meanwhile, Assembly Bill 1517 (AB 1517) was signed by Governor Brown on Tuesday, September 30th, putting California at the forefront of efforts to set clear timeframes for testing sexual assault evidence. As Assemblywoman and bill co-author Nancy Skinner writes, only 23% of sexual assault cases in California result in the arrest of the suspected perpetrator. Crime labs often fault expense as the reason for their negligence, which can range from $500 to $1500 per kit, but the total cost of a single sexual assault case without mandatory testing of rape kits is estimated at $370,000. Thank you, Alliance members and supporters, for sending your letters to the Governor!
edSurge recently published an article by writer and journalist Annie Murphy Paul on why there is “No Need to Teach Girls Differently Online.” Paul challenges the notion that there needs to be different curriculum and instructional methods for girls in STEM and, instead, urges educators to focus on the environment in which girls are learning both in digital and physical classrooms. In particular, educators need to address girls’ psychological sense of belonging that is often lacking in STEM environments. Read the full article.
In New Jersey, eighth grader Frankie Lindsay and three of her friends at South Orange Middle School spoke out against their school’s dress code, spurring a widespread movement against society’s inclination to regulate the way girls and young women dress. Fed up with the school’s repeated reminders targeting its female students to dress appropriately, Lindsay and her friends took matters into their own hands and called out the school for seeing girls’ bodies as distractions. They formed the group #Iammorethanadistraction to combat the notion that female students’ appearances disturb the learning environment. Read more and check out the #Iammorethanadistraction movement on Twitter.
By 2017, a product that could forever change the reproductive landscape may be offered. Vasalgel is a reversible, non-hormonal male birth control produced and being tested by the Parsemus Foundation. If it becomes readily available, Vasalgel could dramatically change our understanding of sexual and reproductive health, shifting the focus from convoluted, potentially harmful contraceptive methods in women's bodies to something relatively simple in men's bodies. It could substantially reduce unintended pregnancies as well as prevent women and teens from experiencing side effects of birth control. Read more...
Emma Watson, newly appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, launched the HeforShe campaign on September 20th, 2014. The HeforShe campaign invites men and boys to sign a pledge as supporters of the movement for gender equality. In less than a month over 160,000 men have signed the pledge. Her speech at the UN promoting the campaign has triggered both praise and criticism worldwide, prompting debate around the modern state of feminism and where men and the LGBTQQ community fit in. Read more...
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