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Girls Rock! Weekend recap from our President Kelli McCannell

The past week and a half at Hardy Girls has been an exciting (and full) time. It was my first Girls Rock! Weekend and, while I loved my job before that, the weekend solidified my passion. On Friday, I watched 200 girls and their allies flow into a Colby college building, bursting with energy and […]

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Girls Rock Awards 2014 Title IX Champion Winner: Mana Abdi

The Title IX Champion Award winner, Mana Abdi, 18, is a senior at Lewiston High School.  Mana wanted to run cross country and track, which challenged tradition in her Somali community. By choosing respect and communication as her tools, Mana was able to challenge, and in many cases, change this point of view.  She became […]

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Hardy Girls honoring LGBT activist Betsy Parsons during Girls Rock! Weekend

For the past sixteen years, Betsy Parsons has spearheaded support for students starting Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances (GSTAs, school clubs to reduce anti-LGBT hate language and harassment) in nearly half of Maine’s high schools, representing every county but one. Hardy Girls Healthy Women honors Betsy’s work as part of their annual celebration of girls’ activism and leadership. Betsy […]

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Girls Rock Awards 2014 Against the Odds Award Winner: Ciarra Boucher

The Against All Odds Award winner, Ciarra Boucher, 15, is a ninth grader at Brewer High School. A young lady with Down Syndrome, Ciarra did not fit the stereotypical mold of a cheerleader, and simply by her participation on the team, she redefined “able.” She was quickly embraced by the team because of her enthusiasm […]

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Girls Rock Awards 2014 Health Advocacy Award Winner: Rachel Friedman

The Health Advocacy award winner, Rachel Friedman, is a junior at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She is being recognized for her work in a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Perform For A Cure, that she started when she was eight-years-old. Inspired by her mom’s three-time struggle with cancer, Rachel and Perform For A Cure raise […]

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Girls Rock Awards 2014 Entrepreneurship Award Winner: Sahro Hassan

The Entrepreneurship Award winner, Sahro Hassan, is a senior at Lewiston High School.  Sahro saw a niche in the fashion market that someone needed to fill; her vision is to create designs for Muslim women that are both fashionable and modest.  Sahro decided that she is just the person to do that so she developed […]

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Girls Rock Awards 2014 Community Organizing Award Winner: Nicole Maines

The Community Organizing award winner, Nicole Maines, is a junior at the Waynflete School.  In June 2013, Maine’s highest court heard arguments over whether Nicole and other transgender students can use the bathroom of their choice, and ruled in her favor. She is hopeful that our justices will recognize these rights so children can attend […]

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2014 Girls Rock! Award Winners

Hardy Girls Healthy Women is celebrating Maine girls for our Girls Rock! Weekend, April 4-5. The weekend includes the 6th Annual Girls Rock! Awards, a ceremony that recognizes the accomplishments of five exceptional Maine girls. Here are the five fantastic girls we will honor this year: Against the Odds Award: Ciarra Boucher, 15, Orrington Ciara […]

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Announcing Kelli McCannell, Hardy Girls’ New President

  Dear Friends, I am excited to invite you all to welcome Kelli McCannell, as the incoming President of Hardy Girls Healthy Women. Kelli’s background in non-profit leadership, coupled with her enthusiasm and passion for girl’s activism, all position her to astutely lead us into our next stage of growth and development. As a native […]

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For the Girls on your Holiday Shopping List – Look Beyond the Pink Aisle

Ballerinas, Barbies, and princesses have always been associated with little girls. It’s no surprise that during this season of holiday gift-giving, these are popular gift options. But what about girls who love chemistry, technology, and building? There are many between some great options out there for girls with these interests, and some great suggestions about […]

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