Everywhere girls and women look, they see messages about their bodies and their selves, telling them they must be tall, blonde, tan, and sexually available. In fact, a woman can rarely separate her feelings about her physical body from her self-worth, especially in our media-saturated society. And the messages even the youngest girls are seeing and hearing are skewed, sexualized, and sexist.
The media’s treatment of women as sex objects is a ubiquitous fact of life. Advertisements, fashion spreads, comic books, movie posters — nearly everywhere you look, women are shown in various stages of undress and posed in positions that make them look vulnerable, submissive, and sexually available. Conversely, men are depicted in positions of power or dominance, e.g., standing while a woman is reclining, being fully clothed while she’s undressed, etc. These differences reinforce inequality between the sexes. Really, how powerful can a woman feel when she’s half-naked and awkwardly contorted?
Pinkstinks is a campaign that targets the products, media and marketing that prescribe heavily stereotyped and limiting roles to young girls. We believe that all children – girls and boys – are affected by the ‘pinkification’ of girlhood. Our aim is to challenge and reverse this growing trend. We also promote media literacy, self-esteem, positive body image and female role models for kids.
Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, Scarleteen.com is visited by around three-quarters of a million diverse people each month worldwide, most between the ages of 15 and 25. It is the highest-ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice online and has held that rank through most of its tenure.
Gear Up Maine
Maine’s GEAR UP Program is helping to create a sustainable culture in schools that supports students who are economically disadvantaged in preparing for, accessing, and succeeding in postsecondary education.
National Girls Collaborative Project
The National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States. An intense recruitment and selection process began Fall 2005 to identify sponsoring organizations to lead local collaboratives.
For more than 35 years, the Maine Women’s Lobby has been an advocate on the issues affecting the lives of Maine women and girls. They work to create a future that is free from violence, free from discrimination, with access to health care, and real economic security.
The Mission of Boys to Men is to reduce interpersonal violence, specifically male violence against women and girls, and support the development of emotionally fluent, civically-engaged boys.
Maine People’s Alliance purpose is to bring individuals and organizations together to realize shared goals. They focus on leadership development to increase the number of citizen leaders prepared to work for positive social change.
In 2006 the Southern Maine Workers’ Center (SMWC) was founded by the Southern Maine Labor Council (SMLC) delegates from a broad range of unions. Their intent was to create a worker-led movement to improve the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for Maine workers, focusing primarily on low-wage workers, young people, immigrant workers, and people of color.
The Restorative Justice Institute was founded in 2011 to engage individuals and organizations in expanding restorative practices from existing efforts currently underway and foster their growth throughout communities across the state.
Maine Inside Out was founded in 2007 by three Maine women with backgrounds in radical social work, anti-racist community organizing, and theater, with the intention of bringing creative workshops into correctional facilities and sharing original work with the community as a force for social change.
Prevention.Action.Change. works to counter harassment, assault, and abuse through safety strategies, verbal and physical skills, increased confidence and awareness, and the promotion of healing and growth.
Maine-Wabanaki REACH is a cross-cultural collaborative comprised of staff from the State of Maine Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) and Wabanaki child welfare programs, Wabanaki Health and Wellness, and the Wabanaki Program.
Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.
Working with girls age 11 – 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, we draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.
eGFI is proudly brought to you by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). They are committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education.
The EngineerGirl website is part of an NAE project to bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls. Bright, energetic girls from all around United States and Canada helped the NAE with the initial development of this site by serving on the Girls Advisory Board. The ongoing work of the site is overseen by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee. and we owe our continued existence to the generous support of our sponsors.
EDC, in collaboration with partners the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School and Spy Hop Productions, has created a youth-produced, Web-based media series and companion educator materials on science and engineering careers targeting girls from underserved groups (minority populations, youth of low socioeconomic status and those with disabilities).
FHI360 – Great Science for Girls
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Educational Equity Center (EEC) at FHI 360 is leading a five year initiative to broaden and sustain girls’ interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.
BodiMojo creates innovative technology solutions for health organizations and brands to connect with teens through both head and heart. By focusing on emotional intelligence and stress management, we help teens grow into wholehearted adults and inspired leaders.
Girls Health was created in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) to help girls (ages 10 to 16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. Girlshealth.gov promotes healthy and positive behaviors in girls, giving them reliable and useful health information in a fun, easy-to-understand way. The website also provides information to parents and educators to help them teach girls about healthy living.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Healthy Recipes for Kids
Would you like to see your kids eating healthier and excited about it? Our healthy recipes for kids and the whole family are just the beginning. We also give loads of great ideas to get kids excited about cooking and
Women’s Sports Foundation
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.
For more than 30 years, one magazine has reported on the expansion and revolution of the yoga movement. Yoga Journal has been there, serving yoga teachers and the ever-growing yoga community. Like the community, we’ve evolved over the years, and now are proud to present yogajournal.com–an interactive, in-depth, yoga community website.
GroundSpark creates visionary films and dynamic educational campaigns that move individuals and communities to take action for a more just world.Since 1978, GroundSpark (formerly Women’s Educational Media) has produced and distributed films, educational resources and campaigns on issues ranging from environmental concerns to affordable housing to preventing prejudice.
EqualityMaine has been the leading voice in Maine in advocating for LGBTQ+ Mainers. They have a multitude of events and resources for adults and youth.
MaineTransNet was founded with the mission to provide resources for the transgender community, their families, and significant others, and to raise awareness about the varied forms of gender identity and expression by providing training and consultation to health and social service providers.
GLSEN is a national education organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. There are two chapters in the state of Maine, Downeast Maine Chapter based in Ellsworth, and the Southern Maine Chapter based in Portland.
Powered By Girl is a girl-driven media activism blog that questions and analyzes the media targeting us. PBG capitalizes on our love of satire and humor, desire to be seen and heard, and passion for social media. PBG is geared towards girls age 14-22. Powered by Girl is co-sponsored by the Girls Advisory Board of Hardy Girls Healthy Women and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Colby College.
Shaping Youth is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consortium dealing with media and marketing’s impact on kids. Using the tactics of industry insiders, Shaping Youth is embedding innovative programs that promote healthier, positive values by using the power of the media turned on itself. Shaping Youth’s programs are deployed via the digital sphere using film, web, and hands-on counter-marketing games in train the trainer format for media literacy and critical thinking skills.
Girl Zone is based in Burlington, Vermont, with contributors from all over. Girl Zone was one of the first websites for girls, launched in 1997 and has evolved with the Internet and our audience. The staff of Girl Zone, though unpaid or barely paid, bring a wealth of talent to the creation and survival of Girl Zone. We are excited to be have relaunched the site in April 2009. We are one of the only independent websites for girls still alive and kicking. A lot has changed for girls since way back in 1997 – but a lot of the same issues concern and interest girls. We want the site to be relevant and FUN for our viewers. We want you to help us stay on top of issues that concern you and make this a place for you to be yourself and have a good time.
Jezebel Open Forums are unique pages built up by you, the readers. Approved commenter’s can invent a #hashtag and host their own threads. Commenter’s can make their own spaces outside of moderated posts for discussions, investigations, live-blogs, and spirited debate. This is where you can stray off-topic and hold court with friends and foes.
A pioneer in its field, the Center for Media Literacy (CML) is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible.
SafeKids.com is one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety. It’s creator, Larry Magid, is the author of the original 1994 brochure, “Child Safety on the Information Highway” and is also co-director of ConnectSafely.org and a technology journalist.
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
See Jane is at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes in children’s media and entertainment. The Institute is uniquely positioned to spotlight gender inequalities at every media and entertainment company through cutting-edge research, education, training, strategic guidance and advocacy programs. Our mission is to work within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media.
Teen Talking in Circles
Teen Talking Circles is a 501-c3 organically grown nonprofit organization founded on the principle that both a mature self-identity and healthy relationships develop naturally when we learn to speak our truth from our hearts and hear the truth of others with our hearts.
is an online community and magazine where girls create and share poetry, artwork, videos, and more; chat together; and learn. All in a fully moderated, educational environment designed to build self-esteem and positive body image. Order memberships with this link and Hardy Girls Healthy Women receives a $10 donation from New Moon Girls.
REAL Magazine is an organization based in Australia. The pages of REAL Magazine were filled with ideas, challenges, achievements and artworks of young women from across the world aged 12 – 25 years old. The publication aimed to share real stories that connected and supported young women to celebrate diversity, whilst respecting their own bodies and minds. The REAL Team continues to work in partnership with several organizations, artists, individuals and educational institutions to facilitate innovative mediums that honestly reflect the ideas, challenges and experiences of young people.
Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is a leading force in the fight against domestic violence. It is the only national organization of its kind founded by business leaders and focused on the workplace. Since 1995, the Alliance has brought together dozens of progressive companies who exchange information, collaborate on projects, and use their influence to instigate change.
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. We seek to improve the lives of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing it with the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children.
Focus Adolescent Services
Our mission is to provide information and resources to empower individuals to help their teens and heal their families. Through education, self-awareness, support, and personal responsibility, families can rebuild their relationships and reconnect in positive and loving ways. The free availability of the Focus website reflects our commitment to disseminate knowledge to the widest possible audience. For over a decade, Focus Adolescent Services has adhered to this mission, helping to save youth and families.
Healthfinder.gov, a government web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
A Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying
This page provides a comprehensive guide to bullying and cyberbullying. The guide covers a wide range of topics from the basic common forms of bullying, to the long-term affects of bullying.
A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.
Every day, across the world, people like you start campaigns on Change.org to fight for issues they care about — and the Change.org team works to mobilize people to help them win.
SPARK was designed to engage girls as part of the solution rather than to protect them from the problem. A day of workshops and action spots gave girls the tools they needed to become activists, organizers, researchers, policy influencers, and media makers.
Turning Green is a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. TTG seeks to engage youth in the transition from conventional to conscious, empowering the next generation and mobilizing action to sustain our earth.
The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault is organized to end sexual violence in Maine and to support high quality sexual violence prevention and response within Maine communities.
The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) mobilizes collaborative community action with and on behalf of a statewide network of Domestic Violence Resource Centers to ensure that all people affected by domestic abuse and violence in Maine are restored to safety and that perpetrators are held accountable. MCEDV builds partnerships that promote public policy, education, and systems advocacy to create and encourage a social, political, and economic environment that fosters communities where the diversity, dignity, and contributions of all are respected and celebrated, and domestic abuse and violence no longer exist.
Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM) has been providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual assault since 1973. This 40 year history has provided SARSSM with unique insight into the communities and the people whom we serve. Through this lens, we have developed advocacy, support, education and prevention services to meet the needs of the Southern Maine region. SARSSM’s has two main foci: to provide support and advocacy to victims of sexual violence, and to provide prevention education and awareness around the issue of sexual violence and exploitation.
The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center provides free, confidential services to Kennebec and Somerset Counties.
Our mission is to engage individuals and the community to end domestic violence in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. We provide support, advocacy and safety planning to anyone affected by domestic abuse. We foster safe and healthy relationships through prevention, education and training. Together with our community we recognize the nature of abuse, respond to it, and change the conditions which lead to it.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. The Hall uses the stories of its Inductees as tools for inspiration, innovation and imagination. A not-for-profit educational institution, its programs include Induction Weekend, educational programs, and special exhibits and events.