Smart and Bold
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you are 6 or 60 there are several things
you can do to help girls become strong,
smart and bold.
list of tips will enable you to prepare
girls to achieve their best potential and
to overcome traditional stereotypes that
encourage girls to be nothing more than "sugar
and spice and everything nice."
There are also some tips on what you can
do to challenge these limitations and expand
options for all girls.
to help girls become strong, smart
girls for their skills and successes,
not only for their appearances. Say, "you
did a terrific job," instead of "you
look pretty today."
rescuing girls. Encourage them to get
dirty, disheveled and sweaty climbing
trees or playing in the grass. Allow
them to take risks.
the myth of Prince Charming. Teach girls
that most women will work for pay for
most of their lives. Every girl needs
to be prepared to support herself.
girls to watch TV and movies with a critical
eye. Discuss what you've seen together:
Look for strong, smart women who are
not limited to "traditional"
TV to start a discussion about body image.
Consider how girls are portrayed on TV:
Are heavier girls shown as unpopular?
Do they go out on dates? Are they used
as comic relief? Are girls with voluptuous
figures only shown as sex symbols? Do
they seem to be smart?
girls more opportunities to be leaders.
Let them choose the activity, make the
rules, settle the dispute. A girl who
has learned to lead is better prepared
to take charge of her own education and
girls many opportunities to experience
science, math and technology. Girls are
ready, willing and eager to explore,
but often haven't had enough exposure
or encouragement. For example, girls
can put objects in water to see if they
float, attempt simple household experiments
such as making vegetable dyes or they
can learn to repair their own bicycles.
girls get beyond "yuk." Insist calmly
that girls hold a snake, dissect a worm,
get their hands dirty discovering the
world around them.
girls to dynamic women who combine paid
work, volunteer work and family life.
an example. By respecting yourself and
other women, you set a standard which
girls can follow.
Ways to change the world for girls:
complaint letters to toy and publishing
companies that produce sexist toys, books
and materials. Buy only non-sexist products.
the fashion industry to expand its definition
of beauty by featuring more diverse models
and to celebrate women in ways that go
beyond physical appearance.
to your senators and representatives
to insist on legislation which makes
career and family a survivable combination ó
focus on parental leave, health insurance
and child care. Circulate a petition to
get additional signatures.
questions and take action if you see
something unfair or biased on television.
Write a letter to your local station
or the producers of the show sharing
the work of women campaigning for girls'
and women's rights and equality. By volunteering
your time or money, or by supporting
women-owned businesses, you can make
a difference in the world and in girls'
Incorporated is the nation's leading
voice for girls. Through innovative programs
offered by a national network of 134
affiliates and backed by cutting edge
research, Girls Incorporated is
leading the effort to make every girl
strong, smart and bold.
additional information contact your local Girls
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016-5394
Tel: (212) 689-3700
Fax: (212) 683-1253