Posts in category "Activism"

Too Pretty to do Homework? Are You KIDDING Me?

The internet has been buzzing lately about this gem of a t-shirt, sold by JCPenney.   I’ll give you a minute to think about that.   Are you seriously annoyed? Good. Lots of other people were, too. They complained, and JCPenney stopped selling the t-shirt. Melissa, over at Pigtail Pals, even started selling her own.... Read more »

When You Are Ready

Today’s guest post comes to you from the wonderful Melissa Atkins Wardy.  Melissa and I became friends because of our fierce belief that you ladies are awesome and deserve so much more than the world gives you credit for sometimes!  Melissa’s post today is written as a letter to her daughter, Amelia, who is 5... Read more »

Ten Outstanding Young People 2011

Ten Outstanding Young People 2011
This Saturday, I was excited and overwhelmed to be named one of Ten Outstanding Young People in Illinois by the Illinois Junior Chamber of Commerce.  Below is my acceptance speech for the award, which I’m excited to share with you.  Before tonight, I never really understood what people meant when they referred to a “humbling... Read more »

Wise Words from Women

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.
I love collecting quotes.  They can be inspiring, motivating, and sometimes just fun!  From 15 amazing women, here are some of my favorite quotes.  Find one you like, and then do a little digging to find out about the woman who said it!

(Not So) Sweet 16: Mattel's New Monster High Dolls

Monster High Clawdeen Wolf doll from Mattel Mattel’s new Monster High Dolls, 15 and 16 year old ”children of monsters” are raising some eyebrows, particularly Clawdeen Wolf.  According to her biography page on the Monster High section of Mattel’s website, Clawdeen finds herself gorgeous and intimidating, her siblings annoying, and she spends lots of time flirting with... Read more »

One Day Without Shoes: April 5

On April 5, I’ll be going barefoot all day.  To work, to the store, to get the mail… everywhere I go.  Why?  One Day Without Shoes. Will you join me on April 5?  What will you do without shoes?  Visit One Day Without Shoes to learn more and get materials to help you recruit your... Read more »

International Women's Day

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Today is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day where people around the world celebrate the achievements of women and get inspired to keep changing things for the better.  (Even Google got in on the celebration today, by changing its logo in honor of the event!) There are lots of ways, big and... Read more »

Go Red for Women & Run With Heart This Weekend!

In addition to being a certain blogger’s birthday, this Friday is Wear Red Day, part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.  The American Heart Association (AHA) started Go Red for Women because lots of people see heart disease as something only men get.  That’s not true, and AHA wants to make sure that... Read more »

New Year's Resolutions: Resolve to Do Something Positive in 2011

Help with a big organization like Girl Up, or help with your local food pantry or homeless shelter.  Giving back is a great way to help others and you'll feel fabulous doing it, too!
This Friday, we will wave good-bye to 2010 and say hello to 2011.  Lots of people choose to make New Year’s Resolutions.  A New Year’s Resolution is usually a promise to “do better” or “give something up” in the coming year.  I’m sure many of you ladies hear women talking about how they want to... Read more »

You're Never Too Young to Make a Difference

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Whether you are eight, fourteen, twenty-seven or eighty-five, it’s easy to think you can’t make a difference.  Sometimes it seems like there isn’t much one person can do to... Read more »