Girls Rock! 2020 Conferences

March 14, 2020
It is with regret and disappointment that we have cancelled the Girls Rock! Conferences due to the health risks posed by COVID-19. As you are aware, health concerns hit much closer to home this week.

Our conferences bring so many young people together in coalition and the consequences of cancelling weigh heavily on us. However, the consequences of not cancelling felt much more dire. It is a decision we did not take lightly.

The Girls Advisory Board (our high-school group who plans and runs the conferences) will meet soon to discuss how to offer any portions of the conference online. We will provide updates on this very soon.

Please take care of yourself. Wash hands often. And thank you for standing with girls.


Girls Rock! Conferences are planned BY girls FOR girls. The high school girls on the Girls Advisory Board choose topics for the conference that are relevant to them AND YOU! GAB members design the workshops, are the speakers, and the workshop facilitators too. It’s a fun-filled day of learning, sharing, growing and includes lots of girl-powered activism!
The conferences are open to girls* in grades 4-8 and their chaperones. Registration is $20 per person with full and partial scholarships available. Lunch and a t-shirt are included with your registration. Conferences run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.


Thank you to our 2020
venue partners!
 

 Girls Rock! Southern Maine (PORTLAND)

Girls Rock! Eastern Maine (BANGOR)

Girls Rock! Central Maine (WATERVILLE) 


Hardy Girls Healthy Women takes girls* seriously through year-round, statewide programs that put the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us in standing with girls.

* self-identifying girls and gender expansive folks.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally-recognized poet and educator living in Queens. Her poetry–as the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion who is widely known for her viral take down of the speech police and author of Peluda (Button Poetry)–explores, interrogates, and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, misogyny, nihilistic humor, and what it means to belong. “My poems are all about being a Latino child of immigrants, never having enough money, and the way my sadness for boys and my sadness for the world collides,” she told Vulture. “I want to say that I’m trying to make myself (and other millenials of color) feel less like an alien, but really, I’m trying to say that it’s okay to be an alien.”

Melissa’s work has been featured in REMEZCLA, Glamour, Maudlin House, Washington Square News, Luna Luna Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Fierce by Mitu, and Herstory. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, where she will start teaching in Spring 2019. Melissa has also spoken at Tufts, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard universities along with The Bell House, Brooklyn Bazaar, and Smith College. She facilitates and teaches workshops on slam poetry, the basics of storytelling and how to access humor through poetry.

Read/see/listen to her:
Her website, her twitter, her Instagram, watch her slam poetry especially Like Totally Whatever and Bitches

Five Questions with Melissa

Favorite book:
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Carmen Maria Machado
Favorite feminist anthem: Killer by Palehound
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: twitter
Perfect day (in one sentence): I get a package. Inside the package is endless socks. Inside the socks is wads of cash. Then I get a phone call from Mark Ruffalo. He says “I love you Melissa & I always have” I say “I am taken.” He says “That is too bad but I thought I would take a chance.”

Shannon Carlock

Shannon Carlock, Administrative Assistant, grew up in Skowhegan and recently returned to Maine after many years spent fulfilling her teenage dream of living in big cities. She received her BA in women’s studies from UCLA and comes to HGHW with 15 years of experience as an independent support specialist and project manager. Prior to joining Hardy Girls, she co-founded and served as project manager of the Women’s Health Council of Benton Harbor, a citizen-led organization that transforms health outcomes through awareness, education, and advocacy. In addition to her work with Hardy girls, she serves on the board of Somerset Humane Society, leads the Maine chapter of Adoptees Connect, Inc., and continues to provide support services to entrepreneurs and creators.

Shannon lives in Canaan with her dachshund and 3 rescued cats. She never leaves home without her journal, a book, coffee, water, and pens. 

Five Questions with Shannon

Favorite book: The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Fran Meneses
Favorite feminist anthem: So many! But I’ve gotta go with No Scrubs – TLC, because Left Eye’s rap is still so good.
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: Anyplace where I least expect to be confronted by an opportune moment.
Perfect day (in one sentence): A full tank of fuel, country roads, a good playlist, and the anticipation of discovering landscapes, eateries, and thrift stores as yet unknown to me.

Julie Zeilinger

Originally from the small town of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Julie Zeilinger had a big, bold idea to share with the world: what if feminism wasn’t a dirty word anymore? Julie is the founder and editor of The FBomb, a feminist blog and online community for teens and young adults, which she created when she was just 16 years old. Since then, she’s become a leading voice for teen feminists everywhere. It’s no surprise she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake The World”, one of the “Eight most influential bloggers under 21” by Women’s Day Magazine, and one of Forbes Magazine’s “2016 30 Under 30”. Her writing has appeared in various publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, and CNN, and she managed to author two books before the age of 20: A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word (2012) and College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year (2014). She is currently the content Strategist at Supermajority. She speaks often and to many. Her Twitter.

Five Questions with Julie Zeilinger

Favorite book: Everything Zadie Smith writes
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Favorite feminist anthem: Formation (Beyonce)
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant:  Twitter 
Perfect day (in one sentence): Sleeping in, eating a lot, and reading a good book.
How are you making a ruckus? By using my voice as a storyteller to tell truth to power.