When world leaders meet in #Australia in November for the #G20 Summit, they will discuss issues that affect the global economy and individual’s personal success. But will they talk about things that matter to girls?
To give the adult participants a sense of what is important to young women, G(irls)20 created an advice video. Zainab Ahmed Alabdrabalnabi from Saudi Arabia, one of the 24 women featured in the video, said “Engaging women in growth sectors like oil, gas and energy and minerals will lead to innovation.” Click for more.
"I live in East Oakland, Calif., a city with constant crime. When I walk to school I need to pay attention to my route so I don’t get caught in the crossfire of potential criminals and gang activity. Lots of people look down on me and pity me for living in a impoverished, dangerous community but I’ve learned a lot from living here, especially as a young woman.
As a young person, I feel like so much is expected from me but I am given so little power. By combining street smarts with my formal education I’ve been able to successfully maneuver throughout the city without being involved in criminal activity or being a victim to to it.”- Narina Jones, 17, on avoiding the pitfalls of living in a dangerous city. Click for more.
"Selfies can be fun until they hit another person’s eyes and someone starts to criticize the flaws in you, not the photo. When people say a photo is ugly, what they really mean is that your hair is not "done" or your facial expression looks "boring," "stupid," or "aggy."
Many teen girls are pressured into looking great before they take a selfie. They have to get their hair fixed, moisten their lips, and make sure they have good makeup. It’s all based on looks, but what about her personality?”- Hayley Caldeon, 17, on the vicious cycle selfies have created.
Front & center: Of all the shows in New York Fashion Week wrapping up today, one stands out for its feminist take: “Girls to the Front.”
New York-based designer Whitney Pozgay used that rallying cry from the girl power movement of the 1990s to name her Spring 2015 presentation for WHIT, the label she launched five years ago.
Curves on display: One of the biggest surprises came from Desigual, the Spanish retailer, which sent Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima out to open and close its Spring 2015 show at Lincoln Center in colorful styles that showed off her curves.
The sight of a woman’s breasts and hips moving freely under flattering clothes seemed almost subversive on New York’s fashion runways, where most models are still twig thin.
Being a good role model is never easy: Dara Swan, high school student & political activist, Zerlina Maxwell chat about the struggles girls and women face being good role models and standing up for themselves.
"Malala motivated me to do something more than pity her…as a young woman with many opportunities, I feel compelled to help girls less fortunate than I."- Serena Mani, college freshman
Read more about the amazing teens who are trying to change the world @ http://womensenews.org/story/education/140819/nigeria-kidnapping-malala-shooting-rouses-teens#.U_dmsvldXT8
"It’s a constant fight—to come here, to study here, to work here," says 23-year-old Seung-eun. Born and raised in South Korea, she arrived in the U.S. as an undergrad with hope that she would be able to remain after graduation. Now the grace period for her student visa is ending, and without a job in the U.S., she will return to South Korea this summer. It’s a common fate among many international students face after completing their degrees: Though a record number of international students are enrolled in colleges across America (nearly 820,000 last year alone) their options to stay upon receiving a diploma are slim. And they often hinge on finding a job—fast. Read more here.