Hardy Spotlight: Katy!

Each month, those of us working with Hardy Girls Healthy Women want to share the talent and vision of some of our incredible staff, volunteers, students, and board members. For our holiday edition of the monthly spotlight, we’re psyched to introduce you to one of our newer board members, Katy Dodge. Every month Katy offers HGHW her valuable time and energy by serving on the Board of Directors, and bringing her skills to the development committee. She is currently on sabbatical as she does some soul searching to find the career and educational path that is in line with her values and interests. Katy grew up in midcoast Maine & now calls Portland home.

How did you get involved with Hardy Girls?
I was matched with Hardy Girls Healthy Women in 2019, after graduating from the Maine Association of Nonprofits Emerging Leaders Program, a program that teaches community leaders about nonprofit Board service.

What do you do at HGHW?
My involvement with HGHW started on the marketing committee, and I am now on the board of directors and development committee.

What’s a typical day like for you?
In my short time working with HGHW, I have already learned a great deal! I’ve learned about how nonprofits operate behind the scenes, the roles and responsibilities of board members and committee members, how to conduct efficient, productive meetings, how to write a press release! 

From the GAB (GIrls Advisory Board) members and Muses I hope to learn more about the experiences, interests, challenges, and new perspectives of this new generation of girls. So much has changed, even since I was in high school and early college. I am fascinated by how these changes in our culture, the social movements they are creating and witnessing, the vocabulary they possess will shape their girlhood and womanhood, and how they will then change the world. I am in awe!

What’s one thing you love doing as part of HGHW?
My favorite part of my involvement with HGHW is the sense of pride I get from contributing to the success of an organization that directly impacts the lives of girls and young women in such a profound and positive way. The mission of HGHW feels like essential work to me, and it gives me a sense of peace to know I am helping make tangible change for girls in a world that can feel so discouraging and harmful for them, and where progress feels so slow.

What do you wish you’d known earlier or that someone had told you when you were a younger woman?
I wish someone had encouraged and guided me to focus more of my mental and emotional energy on me, my “future self” and my hobbies and interests, particularly creative ones, when I was younger. As a tween and teen girl you start to get bombarded with damaging messages, both subtle and explicit, about where your value comes from. Most often it’s around your looks, weight, sexuality, and external validation from men and/or partners. I would encourage all girls and young women to interrogate and reject these messages and spend their energy developing their burgeoning talents and passions.

You have a free day to yourself — what do you do?
On a day to myself I love to workout, cool down with yoga, have a big black iced coffee and go on a thrift shopping adventure.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I have a green thumb, create a mean Halloween costume, and am a pretty confident public speaker.

Favorite place in Maine?
My favorite place in Maine is any of its beautiful beaches surrounded by beach roses and sun. 

Hardy Gift Guide: Art & Artists

GrayDayStudio – local Maine artist
Prints, paintings, stickers, patches, calendars, and more by Abigail Gray Swartz. Her illustrations have appeared in publications in the US and abroad, including The New Yorker, The NY Times, and Lena Dunham’s “Lenny Letter”. She also founded @cityofhiddenfigures

Feminist Watercolor at PaleFox Designs Etsy Shop
Affordable prints from hand-lettered, watercolor feminist sayings.

Women in History Postcards
Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail that isn’t junk or a bill?! And because we’re all so busy, postcards are the solution. This post card set contains (8) 4×6” postcards featuring my original artwork featuring influential women of the 21st Century. There are eight designs, one cards per design.

Art by Olivia Baldacci
Buy stickers made from original artwork by Maine artist (and former GABber), Olivia Baldacci. She’s an artist and activist currently attending college in NYC. She illustrates by hand and on the computer, making funky and bright designs. Also open to taking commissions!

Lisa Condon Art & Illustration
Best known for her colorful, graphic drawings and hand lettering included on tote bags, calendars, buttons, patches, magnets, greeting cards, prints, ceramics, journals, and more.

The Adventures of Claudia Etsy Shop
Postcards, magnets, books, calendars, prints, jewelry, and more from the adventures of a free spirited antique bisque doll. Local Maine artist, based in Norridgewock.

Artelexia
A vibrant retail shop and event space specializing in Mexican gifts, art, home décor, and gourmet foods. They also host cultural and community events.Their mission is to share the vibrant culture of Mexico with the world. Features multiple artists with art, books, stationary, toys, and more.

Rebecca May Verrill Ceramics
Having been raised on a farm in rural Maine and now based in the city of Portland, she is inspired by organic plant life set against the rigidity of a metropolitan landscape; the determination of plant life to thrive and succeed through brick and stone. Work is available for purchase through many local Maine art shows.

 


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Hardy Gift Guide: Toys & Games

Girls Can Crate
GIRLS CAN! CRATE inspires girls to BE and DO anything by introducing them to fearless women who made the world better. Discover fearless female role models and explore hands-on art and science activities for girls 5-10. 

Uncommon Goods Suffrage Puzzle
In the mid 19th century, scores of women (and men) began fighting tirelessly for the female vote and didn’t stop until they won in 1920 [for white women]. So the least you can do is tackle this 500-piece puzzle that showcases the leaders of the movement. This colorful challenge comes with a poster-sized pamphlet offering bonus information on this landmark development in American History.

Little Feminist Memory Game ages 3+
Colorfully illustrated by Lydia Ortiz, the Little Feminist matching game features portraits of real women who have made a historical impact on the world. Winner of the Oppenheim Gold Award, this game is a great way to spark a conversation about women who have changed the world. With 12 leaders, artists, activists, and pioneers illustrated, this game is engaging, educational, and aspirational.

Who’s She
A wooden guessing game featuring strong, mighty women. It’s all about their adventures not their looks! Now available in 6 languages (ENG, FR, SPA, DE, IT and POL).

Women Cards
Deck features fifteen fearless feminists from all walks of life, from explorers to social justice warriors, who have fought for equal representation and who constantly inspire girls and women everywhere. Beautifully illustrated deck of playing cards features hand-drawn portraits created by Zeb Wahls, a female illustrator and proud feminist! 

Women Who Dared Blocks
What can you do when faced with the daily grind of prejudice, ignorance, and enslavement? The women on these blocks persevered. They dared. And in their daring, they made advancement possible for women of the future. Made in the U.S.A, this 32-block handcrafted set features women who made significant contributions.

I Heart Guts
(Featured stuffed uterus in photo)
I Heart Guts® plush internal organs bring a smile to your face and smarts to your brain! The perfect gift for everything from a broken heart to a tummy ache, our colorful organs will steal your heart, tickle your funny bone and maybe even make you pee in your pants.

Rosie the Riveter Finger puppet and magnet
On your finger it’s a puppet, on your fridge it’s a magnet! Comes with a removable tag with a portrait, quotes, and achievements. They make over 100 different magnetic personalities of your favorite artists, philosophers, scientists, writers, and pop-culture icons.

Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle
1,000 piece puzzle, fun for the whole family. While it is challenging, it includes a poster which helps with assembly. Includes over 20 women and some of their famous quotes.

 


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Hardy Gift Guide: Clothing & Accessories

Feminista line from Human
(STEM-inist pin featured in photo)
Fierce femmes unite and let the world know you’ve had enough of its patriarchal bullcrap with these designs that remind you to always put ovaries before brovaries.

Mitú Shop
(Latina pay equity shirt featured in photo)
Being 100% latino and 100% american was too much pride to only contain inside our device screens, so we decided to take it one step further by creating a place where we could share it all with our friends. Here at the mitú shop, you‘ll find something for everyone… including your abuelita!

Megan Rapinoe Jersey
In a single summer, the Team USA co-captain went toe to toe with the president, achieved World Cup glory, and became a swaggering symbol of American excellence.

Made by a female artist, a rad enamel pin of hot pink hands signing NO in ASL. This feminist brooch looks cool on the lapel of a denim jacket or vest. Wear it to a women’s rally or, better yet, make a statement with it every day.

Fem Power Gifts by Get Bullish
(I’m Doing a Juice Cleanse Except Instead of Juice It’s Righteous Fury and the Thing I’m Giving Up Is Subjugation to Male Dominated Power Structures Crystal Clear Tumbler with Straw featured in photo)
GetBullish has new items for unisex audiences and anyone who likes wordy, snarky gifts: totes, mugs, accessories, and more.

Thinx carries period underwear and fights for better access to puberty education, amplifying grassroots activism, and donating undies and time. They speak out against discriminatory policies and advocating for inclusivity and gender equality.

Adaptive Reuse: jewelry for intrepid women
Made with upcycled tin, pieces are eco-friendly, lightweight, colorful and often conjure fond memories of grandma’s kitchen or Aunt Helen’s vintage tin collection. Beautiful, handcrafted jewelry made and packaged in a near zero-waste manner.

Turner & Pooch Etsy Shop
Equality, Economic & Social Justice Clothing, tote bags, jewelry for adults and youth

Feminist Apparel Kids Collection
Because it’s never too early to start talking to your kids about equality, consent, and the importance of social justice and human rights for all…

NorthCircle Studio Etsy Shop
Local Maine artist featuring printed home goods with nature themes

Rani Bee
Clothing & Gifts for an Empowered Generation
Items for adults and youth. Accessories, apparel, drinkware, hats, and more.

We are Nice Humans
By supporting We Are Nice Humans you’re not only supporting independent artists, getting dope apparel and stationery in return, but you’ll also be helping the environment by giving tons of t-shirts a second chance.

Mean Right Hook: No More Stolen Sisters ornament
This Native American silversmith made these ornaments to bring awareness to the missing and murdered indigenous women/girls epidemic here in North America. She’s donating 100% of the profits to a native women’s charity based in New Mexico.

Izzy Wheels: If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out!
Izzy Wheels is a Dublin based brand founded by Irish sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane. The idea was inspired by Izzy who was born with Spina Bifida and is paralyzed from her waist down. Izzy always saw her wheelchair as a symbol of freedom but never felt it expressed her bubbly personality. Ailbhe created Izzy Wheels as her final year college project in The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2015. 


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Hardy Gift Guide: Books & Magazines

Books by Andrea Beaty
Recommended for 5-7yr olds (K-2)

Ladybug Magazine
recommended for 3-6yr olds
Offers a charming collection of the best stories, poems, songs, action games, and adventures for young children. Written by some of the world’s best children’s authors and illustrated by award-winning artists, LADYBUG Magazine sparks a love of reading that will last a lifetime. 100% ad free

Kazoo Magazine
recommended for ages 5-7
Kazoo is a new kind of quarterly print magazine for girls, ages 5 to 12—one that celebrates them for being strong, smart, fierce and, above all, true to themselves.

OurShelves
Send one package or subscribe for quarterly shipments.
This Maine company curates the best of children’s books featuring diverse characters AND advocate for the many diverse books still needed.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
Recommended for 4-8yr olds (PreK-3)
From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Recommended for 5-8yr olds (K-3)
There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Volume 1, Volume 2, Box Set
Empowering journey through 200 bedtime stories, featuring the adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyoncé

Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different
This timely book joins and expands the gender-role conversation and gives middle-grade boys a welcome alternative message: that masculinity can mean many things. It celebrates introverts and innovators, sensitivity and resilience, individuality and expression.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
YA novel, older teens
Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she’s not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer–what’s sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet’s coming out crashes and burns, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again.

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan
YA novel, older teens
Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Renée Watson teams up with poet Ellen Hagan in this YA feminist anthem about raising your voice.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
YA novel, older teen
An ode to romantic comedies, following two girls on opposite sides of the social scale as they work together to make a movie and try very hard not to fall in love.

This Time Will be Different by Misa Sugiura
YA novel, teen
A richly crafted contemporary YA novel about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.

This is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale
YA novel, older teen
For anyone who can relate to feeling different while navigating the terrifying and thrilling waters of first love. Lights, camera―all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance.

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
YA novel, teen
Jeremiah and Ellie know they fit together–even though she’s Jewish and he’s black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that’s not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker
YA novel, teen
Pitch-perfect novel about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
Adult nonfiction
An eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our country.

When the Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandela
Adult nonfiction
A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America―and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.

Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
Adult nonfiction
The author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter now turns her focus to the sexual lives of young men, once again offering both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it.

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
Adult nonfiction
So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.

Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne
Adult nonfiction
This book is an exploration of misogyny in public life and politics by the moral philosopher and writer Kate Manne. It argues that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward all or most women. Rather, it’s primarily about controlling, policing, punishing, and exiling the “bad” women who challenge male dominance.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Adult fiction
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy
Adult nonfiction
A bold and uncompromising feminist manifesto that shows women and girls how to defy, disrupt, and destroy the patriarchy by embracing the qualities they’ve been trained to avoid.

 


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Nominate today!

Entirely hosted by our Girls Advisory Board, our Girls Rock! Awards recognizes 9- to 19-year-old girls making impacts in six categories: Entrepreneur, Health Promoter, Against the Odds Advocate, Title IX Champion, Community Organizer and STEM-gineer. In addition to honoring these change-makers, we host an inspirational keynote speaker and invite community members from around the state to come listen, support, connect and inspire one another.

To nominate a girl* who rocks, click here.

* self-identifying girls and gender expansive folks

Nominees must be 9- to 19-years-old at the time of nomination and live in Maine. Award recipients must be present to accept their award at the evening ceremony on March 27th, 2020 at Wayneflete. 

Nominations are open until December 31, 2019.