Get your 2018 Girls Rock! Awards Tickets

Join Hardy Girls Healthy Women, The Maine Girls’ Academy, and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman for a night of celebrating six Maine girls for their personal, academic, athletic, humanitarian and straight-up awesome achievements at our annual Girls Rock! Awards. This catered ceremony is one of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s biggest fundraisers for its annual programming that cultivates positive girl culture and supportive communities through workshops and action projects.

Friday, March 2, 2018
Maine Girls Academy in Portland

The ceremony’s keynote speaker, Amanda Gorman, was named the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States in April 2017. She was also the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and was invited to the White House by Michelle Obama, The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, Hot 97, and gave numerous readings across the United States. To read more about Amanda, you can visit her website.

5:30-6:20: Social hour (passed appetizers and cash bar)
6:20-7:30: Program
7:30-8: Dessert and coffee, opportunity to meet our keynote and award winners!

Award categories:

– Title IX Champion
– Against the Odds Advocate
– Health Promoter
– Community Organizer
– STEM-gineer
– Entrepreneur

Space is limited for this amazing event, so please register today! Tickets are $40.

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Thank you to our 2018 Girls Rock! sponsors:

Carly Traub

Carly Traub is an attorney with the law firm of Bendett & McHugh, P.C. Carly graduated from Brown University in 2009 where she majored in Human Biology and rowed for four years on the Women’s Crew Team. After graduating, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania teaching high school math and physics and running girls empowerment conferences with fellow volunteers. Carly then attended the University of Maine School of Law where, as a student attorney with the Human Rights and Refugee Clinic, she represented individuals seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief. After graduating in 2015, she continued to practice immigration law before serving as a judicial law clerk for the District Courts in York County. Carly currently serves on the board of the Kennebunk Beach Triathlon Club and is passionate about using sport to improve girls’ and women’s self-esteem, to challenge gender stereotypes and to develop leadership skills. She lives with her fiancé and dog in South Portland. In her free time, she enjoys baking, crafting, swimming, biking, and running. 

Sponsor Girls Rock!

Girls Rock! sponsorships support Hardy Girls’ year-round programming serving 1,200+ girls annually. To learn more about sponsorship, download our sponsorship package here. We invite you to send a powerful message that your company is dedicated to Maine girls by sponsoring the 2018 Girls Rock! Awards and Conferences. For more information, contact Kelli.

Join these incredible companies in sponsoring this event:

Women’s Action Groups

Are you ready to cause a ruckus?

We have been supporting the activism of girls for a long time but you have told us that there is a great need for convening and supporting the activism work of adult women too.  You are already calling senators, sending postcards, donating. But you want to do more. You are not alone. This is a chance to bring together, in coalition, the many women in our state who’ve thought to themselves, “I can’t just sit here. I need to do something.”

In the vein of our Girls Coalition Groups, we’re offering ongoing Women’s Action Groups. These groups, facilitated by trained Hardy Girls adult muses, will be focused on educating ourselves and taking action on the issues that matter most to women and girls. Each group will focus on a specific issue that is most relevant to them.  Topics could include but are not limited to: combatting street harassment, sexualization of girls and women in the media, access to reproductive health, human rights, and children’s rights.  Whether you want to make change on a local level or advocate nationally, this is your opportunity to act. Groups are open to women of all walks of life and political leanings.

Thank you to everyone who attended our kickoff events!! We’ve finalized our group locations/days/times. Registration for groups is now open. Check your schedules for which one will work best for you. Groups will meet monthly March – December 2017 and be $15/mth. Participants can choose to make a one-time donation of $150 or sign up for monthly payments of $15.

  1. Augusta – 2nd Wednesdays of the month – 6-7pm – Register here.
  2. Bangor – 1st Thursdays of the month – 6:30-7:30pm – Register here.
  3. Brunswick – 2nd Thursdays of the month – 6-7pm – Register here.
  4. Portland – 1st Wednesdays of the month – 6-7pm – Register here. WAIT LIST ONLY
  5. Portland – 2nd Thursdays of the month – 7-8pm – Register here. WAIT LIST ONLY
  6. Portland – 1st Thursdays of the month – 6-7pm – Register here.
  7. Waterville – 2nd Wednesdays of the month  – 7-8pm – Register here.

WAIT LIST NOTE: If you are interested in a group that is full, please still submit your registration for the wait list. We are monitoring these and adding/consolidating groups based on registration interest. 

Year End Giving


At a meeting of our 8th grade Girls Coalition Group early this fall, my co-muse Taylor and I planned a discussion of “the double standard,” per the girls’ request to talk about the presidential election. Over the next 45 minutes, the girls identified the sexism in media coverage of the election and then voiced their concern over the double standard in their future high school’s dress code. We suggested they create a skit about their observations, and I quickly found myself near tears–both in awe of their brilliance and in disgust at our reality–as they built a story that deconstructs the way sexism in dress codes controls girls’ bodies and limits their education. In the skit, one girl is told repeatedly to cover up (beginning with a bra strap and ending with her “scandalous ankles”) until she is completely tied up in sweatshirts and collapses on the ground, lamenting “I can’t even learn like this!” The skit’s teacher then admonishes her for distracting the class and sends her to the principal’s office. Taylor and I sat in silence, recognizing that our group was truly working in coalition to change their realities; Hardy Girls was working.img_0738
I joined Hardy Girls during my first month at Colby, and my participation in the organization has influenced my educational and activist pursuits more than any other experience. Between leading groups, trainings with Christine, our program director, and classes at Colby with Lyn Mikel Brown, HGHW’s co-founder, I have seen the power of creating spaces to give young people not only a voice but also the tools for activism.

One of our girls recently observed that our girls group allows us to build our “feminist umbrellas” to protect ourselves from the “sexist rain” that surrounds us.

In none of my gender theory classes in college have I heard such an apt and intelligible analogy. Our group works together to identify the sexism and injustice in our lives and then, just as importantly, to imagine how to resist and remake our surroundings.
Our work at Hardy Girls has never felt as urgent as it does as 2016 comes to a close. Over the past few months, Taylor and I grappled with how to support our girls through the objectification and devaluation of women’s bodies that we saw praised in the news everyday. We talked about LGBTQ and immigrant rights, topics personal to members of our group. A lot of the girls I work with are scared for their safety and the safety of their family, but they come to Hardy Girls programs ready to make a difference. Few other places in their lives trust their voices and experiences in the way we do.
I often think about how Hardy Girls has served me in so many more ways than I could serve it. I found the organization as an 18 year old college student, but I wonder what would have happened if I had been given the space in 6th grade to explore feminism, activism, and coalition. However, I am wholly confident that creating these spaces for young girls today is the most effective social activism I can be doing. As our political climate gets increasingly more frightening, I find hope and energy in our girls’ resiliency and resistance. Thank you for your support of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s programming; together, we will support a generation of Maine girls who recognize their brilliance and ability to speak up and act out.

Adrienne Carmack, HGHW Board Member, 3rd year Muse, Colby ’18

  1. Donate today. We are a small staff (2 people!) working with 1,184 girls around the state! We need your support.
  2. Become a monthly muse. By supporting us monthly, even with $5, we can focus our efforts on taking girls seriously and putting the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. Instead of worrying about cashflow. 10487175_10152256777098981_3391802768744727859_n
  3. Sign up through MyChange. With this easy program, whenever you make a purchase on your card, your total is rounded up to the nearest dollar and your change is donated to Hardy Girls! Easy sign up and can cancel at any time.
  4. Link to us through AmazonSmile. When shopping online, 0.5% of your purchases will be donated to Hardy Girls. Every dollar counts!


Maine Foodie Tours!


During the month of September, Maine Foodie Tours will be donating $1 of every ticket sold to Hardy Girls Healthy Women! What are Foodie Tours, you ask? From their website:

Our beloved Portland, Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor are steeped in rich local and maritime history. They are also home to an abundance of organic produce, dairy products from our farms, and fresh fish and seafood from our harbors. Many imaginative and flavorful local dishes and confections – each often with an intriguing history of its own – are created by resourceful Maine chefs and purveyors, brewmasters, bakers, mixologists and more! Join Maine Foodie Tours as we uncover the storied past of these vibrant towns with our highly entertaining guides. You’ll enjoy tasty samplings of local fare created by talented artisans who continue to create and inspire!

So, enjoy some local fare and give to your local girls organization at the same time. Happy eating!

Mark your Calendar for the Freaky 5k: Saturday, October 29

Dust off your ruby slippers, yeti boots, or running/walking shoes and mark your calendar for Saturday, October 29th at the Diamond Building/Colby Green at Colby College.

The Freaky 5k is a reminder that Halloween should be about imaginative and creative costumes, not the frighteningly sexualized ones peddled to even the youngest girls. We invite you to join us for a costumes appreciated trot through town in support of Hardy Girls Healthy Women.  Grab a bed sheet or a boa (and maybe a friend) and we will see you there!

Pre-registration is closed. You are welcome to come and register at the event! Day of registration is $35 for adults and $25 for youth & students. Prices include a rad green ruckus yowie, pre-race festivities, and a timed result. Feeling extra motivated?  Set up a fundraising page and help show more girls they can be who they want in costume and in life.

Some Details:
9am Checkin Opens
9:15 Kids Run
9:45 Costume Contest
10:00 Race Begins

Have more questions? Check out our Freaky 5k page for more info.


Awards and Recognition

In October 2015, Hardy Girls was awarded the MYAN Impact Award for Empowering Organization.

In September 2014, Lyn Mikel Brown, HGHW Co-Creator, received a Bammy Award for College Professor of the Year from The Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.

In May 2013, Girls Advisory Board members Julia Bluhm, Maya Brown, and Izzy Labbe won Maine Women’s Fund’s Samantha Smith Award for their activist work with SPARK Movement

In March 2013, Lyn Mikel Brown, HGHW Co-Creator, was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame, held in March in observance of Women’s History Month, takes place at the University of Maine at Augusta and is dedicated to women whose achievements have had a significant statewide impact and have significantly improved the lives of women in Maine and whose contributions have an enduring value for women.

In May 2012, Karen Heck, HGHW Co-Creator, was awarded the Statewide Advocate Award by the Maine Children’s Trust at their 2012 Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Recognition Awards.

In May 2012, Kristin Bishop, a HGHW Girls Advisory Board (GAB) member, was appointed by Gov. Paul LePage to serve as a student representative on the Maine State Board of Education. Kristin begins her two-year term in June 2012 as one of only two student representatives on the board. Kristin will represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District on the board. The Maine State Board of Education advises the commissioner of education on matters concerning state education laws and makes education policy recommendations to the legislative and executive branches of state government.

In April 2012, Maya Brown, 2011-12 Girls Advisory Board (GAB) President, was the recipient of the Youth Philanthropist of the Year Award from Maine Association of Nonprofits and Colby College.

In June 2011, Jackie Dupont, Vice President of Research and Program Development for Hardy Girls Healthy Women was honored with the Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) Impact Award for her work empowering girls.

In 2010, Hardy Girls Healthy Women was presented with a 2010 Governor’s Award for Nonprofit Excellence at the Annual Colby Institute for Leadership Luncheon at Colby College.  The award was presented by the Maine Association of Nonprofits to the six Maine nonprofit organizations that have achieved significant results by utilizing ingenuity combined with sound management practices.

Governor Baldacci said, “This year’s honorees represent the innovative spirit that has earned Maine a reputation for top quality workmanship, service and a commitment to excellence. Each company selected has an incredibly strong record of community service and workforce investment. I am proud to honor them all as distinguished members of our community.”

In 2010, Tobi Schneider, HGHW board member, was recognized by Colby College and the Maine Philanthropy Center as Central Maine Philanthropist of the Year for her years of work in the central Maine community, including having been with Hardy Girls Healthy Women since the start.

In 2010, HGHW’s President, Megan Williams, was awarded the first ever Open Door Award by the Frances Perkins Center, an award given to a woman under 30 who has demonstrated exceptional leadership.

In 2009, HGHW’s President, Megan Williams, was listed in the Mainebiz Next List, a list of ten amazing people who are shaping the future of Maine’s economy.

In 2009, Lyn Mikel Brown Ed.D., HGHW Co-Creator, was awarded the New diMensions Award with Mark Tappan, Ed.D. by Boys To Men, a non-profit whose mission is to reduce interpersonal violence by offering programs that support the healthy development of adolescent boys, located in Portland, ME.

In 2008, Karen Heck, HGHW Co-Creator, was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame, held in March in observance of Women’s History Month, takes place at the University of Maine at Augusta and is dedicated to women whose achievements have had a significant statewide impact and have significantly improved the lives of women in Maine and whose contributions have an enduring value for women.

In 2006, Karen Heck, HGHW Co-Creator, was awarded the Maine Statewide AAUW Achievement Citation Award, the highest award for extraordinary community involvement in women’s issues.

In 2006, Lyn Mikel Brown Ed.D., HGHW Co-Creator, was awarded the Maine International Film Festival’s GAL (Groundbreaking Activist Leadership) Award for Ugly Ducklings, a cutting edge multi-media program designed to educate and inspire people to take action against bias-based bullying and harassment gay and lesbian youth.

In 2005, Lyn Mikel Brown Ed.D., HGHW Co-Creator, was awarded the Sarah Orne Jewett Award in Portland, ME. The award is given to outstanding women by The Maine Women’s Fund.

In 2002, Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s fabulous Co-Creators, Karen Heck, Lyn Mikel Brown and Lynn Cole, won the Business and Professional Women’s Women of the Year Award. Each year these awards are given to women who are outstanding in their work and/or in helping other women and families.

Girls Rock! Recap

Did you miss the best weekend of the year: Girls Rock! Weekend?

Well it was an amazing time and you need to add it to your calendar for next year.
Nearly 250 girls and their allies attend Girls Rock! Waterville and 125 came to Portland. We celebrated with almost 100 people at our Girls Rock! Awards including sponsors, parents, and representation from Rep. Pingree, and Senators King and Collins.
We’ve posted some photos from the events on our Facebook page. There was also news coverage of Girls Rock! Waterville and a winner from our Girls Rock! Awards. You can see videos of all the winners here.
If you work with/parent/are an 8th grader who might be interested in being a part of the Girls Advisory Board who plans the weekend, applications are open now. If you are interested in bringing girls’ and/or adult workshops to your community/school, please be in touch with us at or 861-8131. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updated resources and news.
Another thank you to our sponsors, specifically MaineGeneral Health, IDEXX Laboratories, This Girl’s Tees and Bagel Guy. If you loved what you saw that weekend and want us to be able to reach more girls, consider a donation to Hardy Girls.
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Thanks for helping us reach our $15,000 Matching Challenge!

Did you know that 2015 was Hardy Girls’ 15th year? 

In 15 years, Hardy Girls partnered with thousands of girls, thousands of adults and hundreds of social action projects to take girls seriously and put the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance.

In honor of our 15th year, a donor has pledged $15,000 in a matchingScreen Shot 2015-11-20 at 4.43.21 PM challenge. We are proud to report that your support helped us surpass that challenge goal!  Thank you!  If you didn’t quite get your donation in before the new year, you can still be involved.  Here are 15 ways you can support HGHW:

  1. Give $15/monthly.
  2. With a one-time gift to sponsor a girl in our Girls Coalition Groups.
  3. Designate HGHW when you shop through Amazon  – we receive .5% of your purchase!
  4. Match. Does your company match your charitable giving? Make your gift double the impact.
  5. Stock donation? Yes, please. Contact Kelli to gift your stocks to HGHW.
  6. Donate! Your gifts allow us to offer FREE programming to girls.
  7. Follow us on Facebook,
  8. Twitter
  9. and Instagram
  10. and share our posts!
  11. Sponsor our Girls Rock! Weekend – support girls and advertise your business at the same time!
  12. Tell 15 friends why you love HGHW.
  13. Shop the HGHW store for curriculum, mugs and more!
  14. Designate HGWH in your will to continue giving to an organization that means something in your life.
  15. Did we mention donate? Your gift allows us to focus on the girls.

Thank you for your support!