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.

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.

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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Hardy Spotlight: Meg!

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 first monthly spotlight, we are super excited to introduce you to Meg Charest – one of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s Muses, who is also serving on the Board of Directors this year. Muses, in case you don’t know, are students at Colby College who volunteer their time, passion, and energy to facilitate and participate in Girls Coalition Groups with middle schoolers in the greater Waterville area.
We asked Meg a bunch of questions; read on to hear what she has to say!

How did you get involved with Hardy Girls?
I grew up in the Portland area, so I knew Hardy Girls from seeing GAB in action and from the Girls Rock! Awards, but I really got involved with Hardy Girls when I came to college and learned more about the Girls’ Coalition Groups–I was really excited to work with girls* in the greater Waterville community and it has really been an amazing three years getting to know a bunch of brilliant young women* in the local schools.

What program are you involved in? What is your role? Can you explain it a bit?
I’m involved with the Girls* Coalition Groups program, so I go with a co-Muse once a week during the school year to a local middle school and we work with a group of about 10 female-identified young people and work together to think about the issues relevant to the girls in the group in their environments and together build capacity and community through working together to learn about the different issues that strike accord with the group. The role of a Muse is kind of like that of a facilitator at the beginning of the year, and by the end I’m a support figure as the group members develop relationships with one another and direct the group more independently.

What’s a typical day like for you as a Muse?
On a typical group day my co and I drive to the school we are working with, check in, and meet with our group in the same place every week for 45min to an hour. We usually start group with a Rose, Bud, Thorn (everyone shares something good from the last week, something they are looking forward to, and something that wasn’t so good), which I really like as a way of checking in with everyone and hearing everyone’s voice right off the bat. From there we have a conversation and sometimes do an activity about a topic that the group chooses–we’ve done women in politics, bullying, mental health, gender in sports, gender in media, and a bunch of others. It’s really cool to see what is interesting and salient to the girls* in the groups, and how they choose to direct their explorations of those topics–every group I’ve worked with has really amazed me with the intention they have with their interactions and the way they take care of each other and check in with one another as they delve into issues.

What’s one thing you love doing as part of HGHW?
I really love when I get to go to the Girls* Rock! Conference. I love watching GAB in action because they are just amazing, and it’s been a super empowering experience for the girls* in my groups, who, even for just a few hours, are surrounded only by people who want to know what they have to say and take them seriously. The whole event is just such an amazing example of what young women* are capable of accomplishing and such a celebration of power and information, and I love that it is an intergenerational space that is youth-driven in such a meaningful way. It’s an honor to be part of that space and experience the efforts of remarkable young women* paying off and creating impact.

What do you wish you’d known earlier or that someone had told you when you were a younger woman?

I wish I had known that it is possible to accomplish really amazing things with people who aren’t your friends through collaboration. I think as a woman, I’m really fortunate that society affirms friendships, especially friendships with other women because those relationships are incredibly powerful and deeply important to me. However, they aren’t the only relationships that are important to know how to cultivate, and I don’t think that young women are always shown that or encouraged to seek out relationships that aren’t romantic partnerships or friendships. For a long time I thought the people I worked best with would also be my close friends, and sometimes that is absolutely true, but as I’ve had more experiences, I’ve realized that really amazing things can happen through working relationships, and that it isn’t realistic, efficient, or necessary for all of those relationships to be friendships–sometimes a shared goal is all that’s needed to make change happen and starting to understand that has really changed the way I approach projects and develop action plans. Coalition work is so important!  

What have you learned, or can you imagine learning from the middle school students you work with?
I’ve learned so much from the students I work with, it’s hard to choose just one snippet to share… I think I’ve learned a lot about ways that saying no and/or developing an individual way to participate or not to participate is a really powerful way to share brilliance. Sometimes my co and I will come with an activity planned or an idea of how we would ideally like the conversation to move, and sometimes the group is really excited about those plans and sometimes they aren’t, and they share that feedback with us. Being assertive and sharing an idea or a need that is different from what peers are saying or from what people who are older than you are saying can be hard and takes a lot of courage, so that’s something I really admire about the students I work with and that has taught me a lot about how I approach resistance and sharing different ideas in other areas of my life.

You have a free day to yourself — what do you do?
I’d probably start the day with a run–I’m lucky enough to live only a few miles from the ocean when I’m not at school, so running to the water is one of my favorite things to do. From there, I’d probably read or write outside for a little bit, maybe at the beach, and then finish the day out by cooking dinner with some friends or family and enjoying some time with them.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
No useful ones but I can ride a unicycle and I’m trying to teach myself to fiddle which I’m hoping will be a talent soon…

What are you happiest doing when you’re not in school or at work?
I really love to be outside, especially with friends or family–hiking, running, biking, canoeing, and swimming are some of my favorite things to do in the outdoors, but I also really love to just hang around and read, paint, or write in my journal.

Favorite place in Maine?
I love all of it but I’d have to say the Downeast area–Schoodic, Blue Hill, and Stonington are some of my favorite places to visit.

Soraya Membreno

Through a grant with the Maine Humanities Council we were able to invite Soraya Membreno, from Bitch Media, to videochat into one of our GAB meetings. Here is her bio:

Soraya Membreno is Bitch Media’s director of community. She is the daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami native. She writes about issues of accessibility, representation, and culture-straddling/identity building in literature and academia. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Post No Ills, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind.

Five Questions with Soraya Membreno

Favorite book: That changes every few months but I will forever have a soft spot for Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Claudia Rankine
Favorite feminist anthem: Bad Reputation by Joan Jett
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: A nice, long, all-caps group text
Perfect day (in one sentence): A beach, a book, many baked goods, and friends.

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman delivered a BRILLIANT keynote at our 2018 Girls Rock! Awards. From her website, here is her bio:

Called the ‘next great figure of poetry in the US’, at 19-years-old Amanda Gorman is a published author and the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America. She’s spoken around the country from the UN to the Library of Congress, alongside the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hillary Clinton Her first poetry book, “The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough”, was published in 2015 by Pemanship Books. She is Founder and Executive Director of One Pen One Page, which promotes literacy through free creative writing programming for underserved youth. She is a Harvard junior in the top of her class, and writes for the New York Times student newsletter The Edit.

Five Questions with Amanda Gorman

Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Maya Angelou
Favorite feminist anthem: The Combahee River Collective Statement
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Outside the dorm room door of my best friend
Perfect day (in one sentence): A day with the ones I love doing what I love.

Roxane Gay

Through a grant with the Maine Humanities Council we were able to invite Roxane Gay to videochat into one of our GAB meetings. She shared her thoughts on self confidence (a tricky thing), standing up for yourself, and writing as a woman. From her website, here is her bio:

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

Five Questions with Roxane Gay

Favorite book: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Beyonce
Favorite feminist anthem: Money by Cardi B
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Twitter
Perfect day (in one sentence): Spending time with my person, doing anything, anywhere.

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.