A Mighty Girl

A village in rural India has started a new tradition to honor girls — every time a girl is born, 111 trees are planted in celebration on the village commons! The village is located in the state of Rajasthan, a region with such a strong preference for boys that the sex ratio is now skewed to 928 women for every 1000 men. The village of Piplantri, whose tree-planting project has transformed it into a green oasis with a quarter of a million new trees planted over the past six years, is leading the way on changing attitudes on how girls are valued.  

The initiative was started by the former village head, Shyam Sundar Paliwal, in memory of his daughter Kiran who died in 2007. In addition to tree-planting, the community also makes a collective investment in their girls. When a girl is born, parents sign an affidavit agreeing to educate their daughter and not to marry her until she reaches the legal age. In return, the whole community contributes to her future financial well-bring: the villagers donate 21,000 Rupees ($335) to the parents’ contribution of 10,000 Rupees ($160), all of which is deposited in a bank account that cannot be accessed until the girl turns 20 years old.

Over the six years the program has been going on, the impact on the village of 8,000 has been dramatic. In addition to making the area around the village lush and green, it has also brought economic and social benefits to the community as a whole. To help protect the trees from insects, the villagers have planted over 2.5 million Aloe vera plants around them which they now harvest sustainability to produce a variety of Aloe-based products for sale. And, most importantly, in a region with a deeply entrenched preference for boys, Piplantri is showing how honoring girls not only empowers girls and women, it uplifts entire communities.

To read more about Piplantri’s innovative program to celebrate girls in the IB Times, visit http://bit.ly/1btMGy3

For a lovely picture book about the true story of how one woman helped transform San Diego from a desert town into a garden-filled city, we highly recommend “The Tree Lady” for ages 4 to 9 at http://www.amightygirl.com/the-tree-lady

To introduce children to an inspiring role model whose work helped empower thousands of women and led to the planting of millions of trees, Africa’s first female Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, check out “Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World” for ages 4 to 8 at http://www.amightygirl.com/seeds-of-change

For an excellent book for older teens and adults that discusses how empowering girls and women transforms their communities, check out: “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” at http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky

And, for stories of both real-life and fictional girls and women confronting gender discrimination around the world, visit our “Gender Discrimination” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/social-issues/prejudice-discrimination?cat=69

You Are Stronger Than 'It’

The divine {power} placed {within you} is far {stronger} and greater than any challenge/obstacle ever set before you.
Some of the keys to living and operating from this {divine} place of power with you are:

  • having a daily prayer/meditation life
  • connecting with this divine power within you daily
  •  becoming one with this power within you daily
  • activating and calling upon this power within you daily
  • doing more of what strengthens and empowers your spirit/energy; daily
  • doing less of what weakens your spirit/energy; daily
  • eating more foods that make you vibrate higher; daily and less that don’t
  • mastering and monitoring your words and thought frequency
  • saying no to people, foods, places, relationships and things that make you  vibrate lower and which seek to rob you of your energy
  • mindfully protecting and empowering your energy; daily

Long story short, it’s simply a daily exercise, discipline and mastery of self; through {mindful} self-empowerment, connection, having a daily prayer/meditation life, continual transformation and growth, mindful protection and the raising of your frequecny and vibration; daily.
You are a power structure; literally….. {Stay Charged and Encouraged!}

-Lalah Delia | Vibrate Higher Daily

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Hi ! :) Can you please watch Worth It by Fifth Harmony ? Thanks and have a nice day. :)

“I used to play dress-up in my living room, and I’ve never stopped. I love looking weird. One day I might look like an African Queen, and the next day I’ll look like Sporty Spice. I’m from Eritrea, a small country in East Africa, but I was raised in Sweden, where people are so toned down. When I walk to the train, people stare at me and make me feel uncomfortable. But if I put myself in jeans and a T-shirt, then I’d be uncomfortable. This is my comfort zone. I don’t read fashion magazines or fashion blogs. What I’m wearing, I bought on the street in a country where people hand make the clothes.” - Ellen Elias. For Ellen’s full story, watch her What’s Underneath episode!


Girls do science

7 out of 10 girls are interested in science. Only 2 out of 10 will pursue it as a career. Let’s change that. Through the voices of these girls, we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History month. We support the bright young women who participated in this project and all girls who share our belief in the empowering nature of science and technology.

Microsoft is committed to creating opportunities for all youth. DigiGirlz is a Microsoft YouthSpark program that gives girls the opportunity to learn about careers in tech. 

Learn more about it here:http://msft.it/digigirlz

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How Jessie from Pokémon Can Be Your Life Coach

Jessie is sensual and sexy (she’s 25 as of season 2, so you can admit it), but not a sexual object. She demonstrates agency by being relatively honor and duty bound, and repeatedly citing as motivation a desire to show tough men that she is on par with them. Instead of being frustrated with James for not being on her level in some respects, she admires his work when he does tasks that he excels at. Jessie mainly trains Pokémon, steals things, and takes hostages; whilst James mainly drafts plans, hacks computers, and designs mechas and weapons. James’s shortcomings are Jessie’s strengths.

Jessie puts herself first. Frequently, Pokémon fans comment on how Jessie should be more encouraging and comforting toward James because James is emotional and supportive on his end. This is a problematic way of looking at their situation. Jessie does not exist to help James find happiness, meaning, purpose, or identity. Jessie exists as a character in her own right. For all his positive qualities, James can be extremely dark, moody, and depressive, with a false sense of entitlement and a sanctimonious attitude. James gets Jessie’s comfort when he earns her comfort.

Jessie tries to stay true to herself even though that conflicts with her career. Women are expected to do it all, do it perfectly, make it look effortless, and look good while doing it. Exhaustion is touted as a mark of productivity, when in fact it can be detrimental for producing creative and quality work. Women are encouraged to press on and leave their feelings at home, fostering a cutthroat environment in the workplace. Like the best of us, Jessie periodically falls into these trappings. The distinction is that she knows those expectations are unrealistic and she separates her job from her life. She contemplates the things that make her happy and sets aside time for self-care (baths with rose petals, mud baths, hot tub baths, etc.).

Jessie verbalizes what she feels. When she is feeling down, there are times when she retreats into herself, becoming quiet and aloof. In those instances, she loses a connection with the people around her and the good things around her, causing her to feel like there really is nothing dear to her. Feeling as if there is no support system, she sometimes feels like there is no reason for her to stay and she entertains the idea of pursuing other options with regard to her career and love life. In contrast to her quieter state, she communicates best when she is feeling vulnerable, imperfect, or afraid, and shares it with her friends. Her friends communicate best when they relate to her and share their own feelings; whereas, trying to fix things is a detached, sympathetic way of controlling a person’s behavior rather than exchanging a supportive and empathetic connection.

Jessie stops to smell the roses. Hope is something people learn when they realize that they can get through a situation. Those are the moments where people become who they are. Jessie’s failures bring about a vulnerability and openness in her that allows her to connect with other people. As a result, the most joyful or moving situations for her happen when she claws her way out of a seemingly hopeless situation. Jessie knows that she is a flawed person and that life is going to be rough every day. For her, that is all the more reason to put on rose-colored glasses, play goofy games, and look at the world with a childlike curiosity and appreciation for aesthetic beauty. James admires her and is proud of her, for her determination and her wherewithal to perform nerve-wrecking feats. Jessie is very insecure, but she puts herself out there and tries. Whether it is performing in a competition in front of other people or telling her friends why she is feeling depressed, she puts herself out there and tries, and tries not to hurt people in the process.

Jessie knows that being emotional is a form of being courageous, and embraces it. In order to do courageous things, no matter how small, people come to discouraging situations out of a place of vulnerability. Ergo, vulnerability is courage and takes courage. Not talking to someone about feelings of isolation and imperfection is the hardest part of failing at something. It takes courage just to tell someone why and how much one wants something because the goal may not be met, causing people to be afraid of expressing the entirety of their goals. Even when people accomplish something, there are aspects of the accomplishment that are bittersweet. When Jessie accomplishes something, sometimes she thinks of things she could have practiced more or hurtful things she said to other people in the process. In so doing, she makes the effort to practice being vulnerable and uncomfortable, and that is what makes her brave.

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