The Case for Play

Play is Serious. It’s how children learn to learn. Play helps develop girls’ sense of self and cognitive abilities; it teaches creative and constructive problem solving, self expression, and emotional intelligence; contributes to character and skill development; and impacts the roles that girls think of as natural.

For more info on how it is that Play impacts the lifelong wellbeing of girls, you can download The Case For Play, or view it via Issue below…

The Case for Girls’ Schools

Girls’ schools help reduce Threats to Girlhood by overturning the gender stereotypes that limit girls’ interests in maths and sciences, that keep girls from taking on leadership roles, that cause girls to feel self-conscious playing sports, and that limit girls’ lifelong potential…

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2010 Threats to Girlhood Report

Threats to GirlhoodClick to view the report on Issuu or download the report:

Threats to Girlhood include all of the issues, mindsets, factors, trends, and circumstances that impact girls’ lifelong health, wellness, happiness, and ability to succeed. Identifying current Threats to Girlhood is an important step towards advancing the well being of girls, the possibilities for women, and the strength of communities.

Emerging research on the state of girlhood highlights the interconnection of girlhood threats. Education and poverty, body image issues and advertising, sexual abuse and self-harm, conformism and commercialism; the issues threatening our girls aren’t isolated and unrelated.  Radically reducing Threats to Girlhood will require that we, collectively, work to improve all the interconnected causes along the way, not just the side effects.

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Anthropomorphized on the Silver Screen

shutterstock_36389743The amount of time that children spend in front of  the TV may shock you. The average American child “has ‘spent the equivalent of three years in the tutelage of the family television set’ by the time they reach first grade” (1). While the average Australian child watches 17.5 hours of television each week, 20% of Australian children actually watch more than 30 hours a week, and the average child in the UK watches 17 hours a week (2). (more…)

Part of a Complete Breakfast: Licensed Food and Healthy Eating Habits

iStock_000002257318MediumThe surgeon general has long since established that licensed products and cartoon sponsorship have an impact on children’s lifelong health and fitness habits. While we may have banished cartoons from cigarette advertisements, we still allow their allure to negatively influence our children’s eating habits. (more…)

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