Obama Administration Announces Global Initiative for Girls’ Education

"The Obama Administration announced yesterday expanded efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and complete school through an initiative called Let Girls Learn.

According to a White House press release, the new effort will build on investments the US already has made in global primary school education and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education. First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with the Peace Corps to carry out the initiative, who will recruit and train about 650 additional volunteers to focus specifically on adolescent girls’ access to education. The volunteers will be charged with starting conversations in the communities to figure out what’s keeping girls from school, then working with leaders, parents and the girls themselves to come up with ways to remove those barriers.

“Wherever they live, whoever they are, every girl on this planet has value,” President Obama said when he announced the initiative. “Every girl on this planet deserves to be treated with dignity and equality. And that includes the chance to develop her mind and her talents, and to live a life of her own choosing, to chart her own destiny.”

When girls receive an education, they are more likely to improve their own quality of life as well as the standard of living in their communities. Yet 62 million girls around the world aren’t in school, and attacks on girls who are have been on the rise. These facts persist in a global environment where girls’ education has come to the forefront as a human rights issue and various nations are taking action to get girls into the classroom.

Girls Learn International (GLI), a Feminist Majority Foundation program, educates and energizes US students around the global movement for girls’ access to education. GLI pairs its middle and high school chapters in the US with partner schools in 11 countries where girls still lag behind boys in access to education and are far less likely than boys to stay in school past the primary grades. By opening communication between students and managing exchange projects, GLI fosters cultural understanding and fuels activism for girls’ human rights around the world.”

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my favorite part of the “ferguson to palestine” panel we had last night was when the indigenous activist mentioned how they believe that america is not one nation, but that there are groups of oppressed nations within it. i.e. the black nation, xicana/latin@/indigenous nation. these are people who are colonized within the confines of the US. It makes so much sense tbh and it was so well stated. I learned thru a documentary about ‘native american mascots’ that about 1 in every 5 native american youth ATTEMPT suicide. that is a staggeringly high percentage compared to the overall population. That is appalling.

Sooo, I know I’m a little late to the party with this, but I finally did one.  Original is by Rob Liefeld from “Badrock.”  I mean, how could I not do a Liefeld parody for my first Hawkeye Initiative?   I seriously could not force myself to make his anatomy as wonky as the original, though, I just couldn’t, it was too painful.  I think it still gets the point across, though.

I hope I get to do a lot more of these, because they’re fun *and* make a statement I can really get behind.

Dreams and Curses - ep 16 vs. ch 65

wip of the next gif set

ugh no don’t make me do this

She transforms her own dark into her own light. She sees her private shadows - and loves them. She meets her emotional depths - and owns it. She faces private fears of separation - and rises above the illusion. She is the source of her Self and she is always in a state of greater becoming.
—  Molly McCord, The Modern Heroine’s Journey of Consciousness.

It’s stuff like this that bothers me A LOT.

Lipstick is a representation of traditional femininity- the idea that women have to be beautiful, perfectly made up, and feminine so that they might be the ideal woman. 

But that concept is just as antiquated as the expectation that women should be housewives, and it fails to represent something actually empowering.

No matter how much some feminists want to believe that traditional feminine things like lipstick=power, it’s just not true. When you wear lipstick you’re really just playing into an already existing power structure that marks you as “woman” and therefore “weaker” and “less”. Even if you REALLY WANT to believe that your choice to wear makeup = empowering, it’s not. 

Now, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t wear makeup, it’s just that feminists should recognize that makeup=/=empowering. Makeup=/= warpaint. You’ll look pretty, but you’re not destroying any social systems, you’re actually playing directly into them.