Here’s where you’ll find additional research and resources on Threats to Girlhood, girls’ wellness and development, the power of play, girls’ brands and products, and the impact of modeling and messaging:
Serious Play for Serious Girls. “The Case for Play.” September 2012. http://www.seriousplayforseriousgirls.com/?p=1038. 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 our full report: The Case For Play.
Serious Play for Serious Girls. “2010 Threats to Girlhood Report.” April 28, 2010 (revised October 2010). www.ThreatstoGirlhood.com. Threats to Girlhood include all of the issues, mindsets, factors, trends, and circumstances that impact girls’ lifelong health, wellness, happiness, and ability to succeed. This ongoing research project works to evaluate the current state of girlhood- because identifying the threats is the first step in radically reducing them.
Serious Play for Serious Girls. “The Case for Girls’ Schools.” October 2010. www.seriousplayforseriousgirls.com/?p=688. This report showcases the ways that all-girl schools are helping reduce Threats to Girlhood. As an example, Girls’ Schools help overturn the gender stereotypes that limit girls’ interests in maths and sciences, that keep girls from taking on leadership roles, and that cause girls to feel self-conscious playing sports.
Susan Linn. “The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.” New York: The New P., 2008. A phenomenal examination of the power of play experiences on childhood development, long-term wellness, and mental health. Read the full review.
Sharon Beder, Wendy Varney, Richard Gosden. “This Little Kiddy Went to Market: The Corporate Capture of Childhood.” London: Pluto P., 2009. A vivid, readable, research-intensive, fact-oriented look at the impact and influence of marketing on children’s perceptions of reality and the roles children think of as natural. Read the full review.
MaryJayne Zemer. “An Oath to Do No Harm.” April 2010. http://blackdogstrategy.com/blog/2010/04/19/an-oath-to-do-no-harm/. A blog on what’s really missing from children’s brands: a purposed convention to Do No Harm- because “Brands don’t exist in vacuums- they impact, influence, and shape our global ecology.” This blog is a wake-up call for children’s brands and an eye-opening introduction to the impact brands have on the world around us and the lifelong wellbeing of children.
Dr. Gloria J Zemer. “Girls Schools: The Solution, Not an Alternative”. Presented at the National Conference on Girls Education, February 11th 2012. http://youtu.be/mbJ8jj91F_8. Girls schools are radically reducing Threats to Girlhood. They aren’t an alternative to consider, they are the solution. This video workshop, presented by Dr. Gloria Zemer of BlackDog Strategy Brand at the National Conference on Girls Education was designed to ignite a movement and empower girls schools make their case, The Case for Girls Schools.
David E. McClean. “Letter to a Young Executive: American Philosophy and Corporate Social Responsibility.” Presented at the 2003 Conference for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Denver, Colorado. www.socialethics.us/images/Letter_to_Young_Executive2.pdf. Drawing on the philosophies of Emerson and Dewy, as well as practical industry examples, McClean outlines the power and influence of executive decisions on our lives and in our communities. This letter urges young business leaders to be mindful of the ways in which their boardroom decisions will impact our global ecology. An excellent case for the argument that it matters what we let children’s brands say, convey, and sell.
Robin Marantz Henig. “Taking Play Seriously.” The New York Times, Feb 17th 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/magazine/17play.html?ex=1360904400&en=370521e3a96cf510&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink. Fantastic Article on Why We Should Take Play Seriously!
Peggy Orenstein. “Cinderella Ate My Daughter.” New York: HarperCollins, 2011. This book takes an outstanding look at the Disney Princess phenomena and the growing culture of pink in girl world from a refreshingly balanced perspective.
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. “NurtureShock.” New York: Twelve, 2009. Steeped in hard scientific evidence and based on hosts of research, this book presents expert advice from leading researchers in the fields of child-development, education, neuropsychology, and sociology to help illuminate issues threatening our children and our communities. Read the full review.
Girl Scout Research Institute. ‘Change It Up: What Girls Say About Redefining Leadership’, 2008. www.girlscouts.org/research/publications/original/girl_scout_research_study_march_27_2008.pdf. An executive report on the institute’s examination of the primary hindrances to girls’ ability to hold an interest in leadership positions and the most effect methods for assisting girls in developing the skills necessary to confidently hold positions of leadership and authority.
Girl Scout Research Institute. “Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today.” 2009. www.girlscouts.org/research/pdf/good_intentions_full_report.pdf. A re-examination of the values, beliefs, and perspective of contemporary young people. This report examines the cultural changes that are impacting children both positively and negatively, and compares this study’s findings with the previous Girl Scout Research Institute study on children’s values and beliefs in 1989.
Miss Hall’s School for Girls. “Girls and the Next Generation of Leadership: Translating High School Aspirations into Formal leadership in Adulthood. Report on a National Survey of Personal Authority and Leadership in Teens.” (Pittsfield, MA: 2007). www.misshalls.org/ftpimages/397/misc/misc_61000.pdf. A research report on a recent study examining teens’ perceptions of leadership, aspirations for leadership, and how girls’ high school leadership aspirations are correlated with leadership aspirations in adulthood.
Rachel Simmons. “The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.” New York: Penguin P., 2009. An in-depth look at the personal and cultural impacts of the good girl ideal, an ideal which focuses on conformity and infringes on girls’ lifelong wellness and happiness. Read the full review.
Rosalind Wiseman. “Queen Bees and Wanna Bees.” New York: Three Rivers P., 2002. An examination and practical guide to understanding and addressing in-school bullying, gossiping, cliques, popularity, and the trials of female adolescents. Read the full review.
Susan Linn. “Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood.” New York: The New Press, 2009. A shocking, research driven examination of the role and influence that modern media, advertising, branding, and marketing are having on children.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Pledge Report: Better for Who? Revisiting Company Promises on Food Marketing to Children.” November 2009. cspinet.org/new/pdf/pledgereport.pdf An examination of the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ voluntary self-regulation program for food advertising to children: Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. This evaluation finds that Pepsi, Kraft, McDonald’s, General Mills, Kellogg, Unilever, and Campbell have failed to meet appropriate standards for food advertising to children.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Nickelodeon.” Fall 2005. www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/nickelodeon.pdf CSPI’s original 2005 examination of Nickelodeon’s food advertising practices. The research found that 88% of food advertisements on Nickelodeon in ’05 were for non-nutritious or low-nutrition foods, fast foods, or sugary cereals, even though Nickelodeon’s “Let’s Just Play Campaign” promises parents that the network is committed to reducing childhood obesity and children’s lifelong wellness.
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, et al. “Cereal Facts: Evaluating the Nutrition Quality and Marketing of Children’s Cereals.” October 2009. www.cerealfacts.org/media/Cereal_FACTS_Report.pdf. A shocking evaluation of cereal nutrition and marketing, this study reveals that “Child cereals contain 85% more sugar, 65% less fiber and 60% more sodium” than cereals marketed to adults.
J. M. Ostrov, Gentile, D. A., & Crick, N. R. (2006). “Media Exposure, Aggression and Prosocial Behavior During Early Childhood: A Longitudinal Study.” Social Development, 15, 612-627. www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/dgentile/pdfs/Ostrov_Gentile_Crick_in_press.pdf. This study examines the positive and negative impacts of television on preschoolers and reveals a surprising cause of relational aggression in preschool girls.
American Psychological Association, Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. “Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls.” Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007. www.ojp.usdoj.gov/newsroom/events/pdfs/apa_report.pdf. This report defines sexualization, examines destructive psychological and social impacts of girls’ premature sexualization, evaluates the scope and prevalence of the issue, and offers solutions to the problems presented.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. “Getting High on Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs Is Dangerous: A Guide to Keeping your Teenager Safe in a Changing World.” download.ncadi.samhsa.gov/ken/pdf/PHD1113/PHD1113.pdf. This guide addresses the growing threat of “pharming” (the recreational use of prescription narcotics) among teens and includes a guide for addressing the issue with teens and information to help familiarize parents with commonly abused prescriptions, their recreation uses, and their harmful side effects.
Yona Zeldis McDonough, Ed. “The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty.” New York: Touchstone, 1999. A well-rounded collection of essays from a variety of perspectives which illuminate, commemorate, and scrutinize the impact and influence of Barbie and other girls’ toys in our personal lives. A unique collection of narratives which share woman’s thoughts on Barbie and retell the tales of women’s childhood play experiences . Read the full review.