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Powered by girl : a field guide for supporting youth activists

Author: Lyn Mikel Brown
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]
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"A playbook for working with and training girls to be activists of their own social movements Armed with a rich array of online media platforms, seemingly endless reserves of creativity, and a keen sense of justice, girl activists are getting things done. But scholar and activist Lyn Mikel Brown knows that for every provocative news story about one "exceptional" girl out to change the world, there is a strong  Read more...
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Brown, Lyn Mikel, 1956-
Powered by girl.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016020310
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lyn Mikel Brown
ISBN: 9780807094600 0807094609
OCLC Number: 948360667
Description: 208 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part 1. Cultivating dissent. The myth of the special girl --
Everyday rebellions --
Activism is good for (all) girls --
Part 2. Necessary conditions. Beyond Gloria Steinem : a rich feminist history --
Good intentions aren't enough : genuine relationships --
Experts on their own experience : respect for girls' knowledge --
Wide awake and calling BS : critical consciousness --
A witness in their defense : loyalty --
"A politics of participation" : supportive coalitions --
Trust and transparency : the possibility of intergenerational partnerships --
Scaffolding girls' activism : meeting girls where they are --
Conclusion: Wicked problems and willful girls.
Responsibility: Lyn Mikel Brown.

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"A playbook for working with and training girls to be activists of their own social movements Armed with a rich array of online media platforms, seemingly endless reserves of creativity, and a keen sense of justice, girl activists are getting things done. But scholar and activist Lyn Mikel Brown knows that for every provocative news story about one "exceptional" girl out to change the world, there is a strong network of passionate adults and seasoned activists behind her. Drawing from a diverse collection of interviews with women and girl activists, Powered by Girl is both a journalistic exploration of how girls have embraced activism and a guide for adults who want to support their organizing. Here we learn about the intergenerational support behind thirteen-year-old Julia Bluhm, when she got Seventeen to go Photoshop free; nineteen-year-old Celeste Montaño, who pressed Google to diversify their Doodles; and sixteen-year-old Yas Necati, who campaigns for better sex education in the UK. And we learn what experienced adult activists like Joanne Smith of Girls for Gender Equity and Dana Edell of SPARK Movement say about how to scaffold girls' social-change work. Brown argues that adults shouldn't encourage girls to "lean in." Rather, girls should be supported in creating their own movements--disrupting the narrative, developing their own ideas--on their own terms"--

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