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GIFS to respond to homophobes or people against Gay Marriage

So there still people whining about the recent legalization on Gay Marriage through the 50 states of the US  by the Supreme Court. I thought it would be fun to respond to them like this. Enjoy. 

If you’re offended Im sorry, but if youre a homophobe and against gay marriage. I have nothing to say to you. 

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Pakistani salon owner Masarrat Misbah discovered a new life mission ten years ago when an acid attack survivor came to her salon and asked her for help to look better. “When she removed her veil, I had to sit down. There was no life in my legs,” Masarrat recalls in a recent BBC interview. “In front of me was a woman with no face. Her eyes and nose were gone and her neck and face were stuck together so she couldn’t move them.” Determined to help her, Masarrat found doctors to perform reconstructive surgery on the woman but her involvement didn’t stop there – she went on to start a non-profit organization called Smile Again which has helped hundreds of acid attack survivors rebuild their lives over the past ten years. 

Masarrat has built one of the most respected salon chains in Pakistan and, since 2003, has not only funded the work of Smile Again but has turned her salons into refuges for women who have experienced such attacks. In addition to paying for their medical treatment, Massarat also teaches the women workplace skills and some have become beauticians at her salons. Two such women, pictured here, are Arooj Akbar, who was set on fire by her husband for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, and Saira Liaqat, who had acid thrown on her by her then fiancé for refusing to leave her parents’ house. 

At least 160 acid attacks have been reported this year alone in Pakistan but advocates believe the real number is much higher. Masarrat believes that the government needs to do more to prevent attacks and help the women affected, stating “Because it is a female-orientated issue, it comes right at the bottom of their [the government’s] priority list. Also, they say it tarnishes the image of our country. This is why it is hushed up and swept under the carpet." 

She adds, "You listen to their stories and the attackers are motivated by such small reasons, sometimes no reason at all, and you think, ‘Is this the world we want to live in?’” For her part, Masarrat is trying to build the kind of world she wants to see by helping one woman at a time rebuild their life. 

An estimated 1,500 people, 80 percent of whom are women, are attacked with acid annually around the world. Those attacked are also overwhelmingly young women with an estimated 40 to 70% of the victims being under 18.

To learn more about Masarrat’s organization, visit the Depilex Smileagain Foundation (Official Fan Page) and how you can support its important work, visit http://www.depilexsmileagain.com/, or read more on the BBC at http://bbc.in/1tO9780

This photo is from Adrian Fisk Photography’s series “Pakistan’s Burnt Beauticians” – to view more of his photos, visit http://bit.ly/1wSKgiW

To learn more about acid attacks, check out the excellent 2012 Oscar-winning Best Documentary Short entitled “Saving Face” which tells the stories of Pakistani women who have become victims of such attacks. The film is digitally available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1lPOIe6 or you can learn more about it at http://savingfacefilm.com/

For stories of girls and women experiencing and overcoming abuse and violence in their lives, visit our “Life Challenges” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/social-issues/abuse-violence 

For more true stories of more inspiring girls and women who worked to change the world, visit our “Activist” section in Biographies at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography?cat=207 

To introduce children and teens to a young Pakistani activist who is working to make the world better for girls and women, we highly recommend Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography “I Am Malala” for ages 14 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/i-am-malala) and the “I Am Malala” Young Readers Edition for ages 10 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/i-am-malala-youth-edition).

Today in Mighty Girl history, one of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroes, Sophie Scholl, was born in 1921. As a university student in Munich, Scholl, along with her brother, Hans, and several friends, formed a non-violent, anti-Nazi resistance group called the White Rose. The group ran a leaflet and graffiti campaign calling on their fellow Germans to resist Hilter’s regime.

Scholl became involved in resistance organizing after learning of the mass killings of Jews and reading an anti-Nazi sermon by Clemens August Graf von Galen, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Münster. She was deeply moved by the “theology of conscience” and declared, “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.”

In 1943, Scholl and the other members of the White Rose were arrested by the Gestapo for distributing leaflets at the University of Munich and taken to Stadelheim Prison. After a short trial on February 22, 1943, Scholl, her brother Hans and their friend Christop Probst, all pictured here, were found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.

At her execution only a few hours later, Scholl made this final statement: “How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”

Following the deaths of the White Rose’s leaders, their final leaflet was smuggled to England. In mid-1943, Allied Forces dropped millions of copies of the “Manifesto of the Students of Munich” over Germany. Scholl is now honored as one of the great German heroes who actively opposed the Nazi regime.

For two books for adult readers about Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, check out “Sophie Scholl and the White Rose” (http://amzn.to/1pEAtXb) and “The White Rose: Munich, 1942-1943” (http://amzn.to/1jnUEZu).

For an excellent film about Scholl’s incredible story, we highly recommend “Sophie Scholl – The Final Days” which received an Oscar nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2005. The film, recommended for viewers 13 and up, is an excellent way to introduce teens to the bravery and perseverance of those who resisted the Nazi regime – learn more at http://www.amightygirl.com/sophie-scholl-the-final-days

For books for both children and teens about girls and women who lived during the Holocaust period, including stories of other heroic resisters and rescuers, check out our post for Holocaust Remembrance Week athttp://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=2726

For our recommendations of the best books and films about another real-life Mighty Girl who lived during this period, visit our tribute to Anne Frank: “Hope in a Hidden Room: A Mighty Girl Salutes Anne Frank” athttp://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=2815

To browse our entire “WWII/Holocaust”, visit http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/history-world?cat=186

For more true stories of heroic girls and women, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Heroes” section in biographies at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography?cat=367

Father’s Day is mighty special

Counting the number of years since you have left us,
If a child were to be born on the day you left Earth,
She would be legally allowed to buy a drink,
Visit a casino, and considered a full-fledged 21 year-old adult today.

Mama gave me a golden key locket on your behalf for my 21st many years ago,
I didn’t buy a drink or visit a casino but I thought about you locked in my heart and memories,
For the lessons you taught me on how to be mighty,

Happy Father’s Day, Papa. I miss you.

One of the best parenting websites for raising daughters with amazing resources recommendation and inspirational blog ; I cannot recommend this site more!

http://www.amightygirl.com

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A Mighty Girl Spotlight: Confidence-Building Books for Mighty Girls / A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.

Our book PLAY BALL was listed as a confidence building book for Mighty  Girls on A MIGHTY GIRL.

This… this is why we write.

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When Keshia Thomas was 18 years old in 1996, the KKK held a rally in her home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hundreds of protesters turned out to tell the white supremacist organization that they were not welcome in the progressive college town. At one point during the event, a man with a SS tattoo and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with a Confederate flag ended up on the protesters’ side of the fence and a small group began to chase him. He was quickly knocked to the ground and kicked and hit with placard sticks.

As people began to shout, “Kill the Nazi,” the high school student, fearing that mob mentality had taken over, decided to act. Thomas threw herself on top of one of the men she had come to protest, protecting him from the blows. In discussing her motivation after the event, she stated, “Someone had to step out of the pack and say, ‘this isn’t right’… I knew what it was like to be hurt. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me… violence is violence - nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.”

Thomas never heard from the man after that day but months later, a young man came up to her to say thanks, telling her that the man she had protected was his father. For Thomas, learning that he had a son brought even greater significance to her heroic act. As she observed, “For the most part, people who hurt… they come from hurt. It is a cycle. Let’s say they had killed him or hurt him really bad. How does the son feel? Does he carry on the violence?”

Mark Brunner, the student photographer who took this now famous photograph, added that what was so remarkable was who Thomas saved: “She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her. Who does that in this world?" 

And, in response to those who argued that the man deserved a beating or more, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Leonard Pitts Jr. offered this short reflection in The Miami Herald: "That some in Ann Arbor have been heard grumbling that she should have left the man to his fate, only speaks of how far they have drifted from their own humanity. And of the crying need to get it back.
Keshia’s choice was to affirm what they have lost.
Keshia’s choice was human.
Keshia’s choice was hope.”

To view more pictures of this Mighty Girl’s remarkable act of courage and read more about the event, visit the BBC at http://bbc.in/1djDOGY

For stories for children and teens about real-life girls and women who took a stand for what they believed in, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Model” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For both fictional and biographical books for children and teens that star courageous girls and women, visit our “Courage / Bravery” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/personal-development/values?cat=218

For Mighty Girl stories that explore racial discrimination and prejudice, visit http://www.amightygirl.com/books/social-issues/prejudice-discrimination?cat=71

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Happy Birthday, Nichelle Nichols!!!

Happy 82nd birthday to actress Nichelle Nichols who made television history in the 1960s with her portrayal of “Star Trek” character Lieutenant Nyota Uhura — a breakthrough role that showed an African American woman in a position of power as the fourth in command of a starship. At the end of the first season, however, Nichols was frustrated by the show’s development and considering a move back to Broadway until she met a very special fan who convinced her how important her role on the show was — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

After Nichols told Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry that she was leaving the show, he encouraged her to think it over. That weekend, she attended a fundraiser for the NAACP and met King who told her he was a “Trekkie” and “Lieutenant Uhura’s most ardent fan.” As Nichols described in an interview with the Huffington Post, when King learned that she was leaving, he urged her to stay, stating:

“‘Don’t you realize how important your presence, your character is? This is not a black role or a female role. You have the first nonstereotypical role on television. You have broken ground’… ‘Here we are marching, and there you are projecting where we’re going. You cannot leave [the show]. Don’t you understand what you mean?’ I told him that when I would go on hiatus from the show, I could come and march with him and he said, ‘No! You’re an image for us. We look on that screen and we know where we’re going.’ It was like he was saying, ‘Free at last, free at last!’”

Nichols did stay on the show with its entire run and went on to make history again in 1968 as part of the first scripted interracial kiss on TV with William Shatner, who played the show’s lead character, Captain James T. Kirk. Nichols’ groundbreaking character had a huge cultural influence, especially as a role model for many African American girls. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, has cited her as an important influence and even used Uhura’s signature line “Hailing frequencies open” during the course of her duties on the space shuttle.

To watch a wonderful short clip of an interview with Nichols about her encounter with King, visit http://bit.ly/tyL49d

If your Mighty Girl is fascinated by space, we recommend books, toys, clothing, and even room decor for budding astronauts, astronomers, and astrophysicists from toddlers to teens in our blog post, “Mighty Careers: I Want To Be An Astronaut!” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=5812

For books for children and teens about more female trailblazers in the arts, sciences, and other fields, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models Biography” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography?cat=206

For stories about courageous girls and women of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on “Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History” at http://www.amightygirl.com/mighty-girl-picks/civil-rights-history

And, for over 200 science fiction and fantasy books starring Mighty Girls, visit http://www.amightygirl.com/books/fiction/fantasy-science-fiction

Image credit: Alberto Rodriguez