Her Story is a monthly blog series featuring personal stories about how Hardy Girls has influenced girls’ lives.

By Lizzie Woodbury

Madison Morin, 10, works hard to bring progressive change to her school community every day. In the second grade, Morin realized that her peers were no longer as excited about school as she was. It became increasingly difficult for her to relate to her classmates, as no one seemed to share her intense passion for learning. Her mother picked up on this change and decided to sign Madison up for the Hardy Girls Adventure Girl program with the hope that she might meet girls with similar interests. Madison found much more than solidarity in Adventure Girls; the program exposed her to new and exciting experiences.

In fourth grade, Madison attended the Girls Unlimited! Conference where she learned about political and social issues and found herself inspired to actively make change within her community. She ran for student council twice and lost both times. Madison did not let this setback deter her from achieving her new goals, inspired by Girls Unlimited, to work on important social issues in her school. Independent of the student council, she created the Helping Hands club, an organization that manages green initiatives within the school. As head of Helping Hands, Madison started a recycling program, something her school did not previously have. She also organized a group to pick up litter around the building. However, she felt it was not enough to simply create change; she wanted to broadcast the necessity of enacting such change to the world.

Currently, Madison manages two blogs, one of which regularly posts updates on the projects Helping Hands  is undertaking. The other, Is the beauty part of beauty pageants wrong?, documents her experience participating in a local beauty pageant. It seems strange at first that Madison would have any interest in such a program, but she went into it with the goal of changing the way people perceive females and their role in society. Instead of wearing an evening gown, Madison sported her soccer uniform in order to demonstrate that strength is more important than beauty. She says, “I did this to change how people think of women.” She knew she would not win with such a strategy, but winning was not her intention. As long as people heard what she had to say, she considered her endeavor successful. In fact, Madison’s message did not go unnoticed, as New Moon magazine published an article praising her fearlessness and individuality.

Hardy Girls has connected Madison with a community that not only supports and respects her desire to learn, but also provides her with further education on social and political issues not included in her school’s curriculum. With their support, Madison has discovered that there is a world beyond her elementary school in which people respect and admire those who stand up for their beliefs without fear, no matter how unique those beliefs might be.

Madison’s next adventure has her heading to San Francisco for a week long summit with Discovery Girls Magazine. She will work in coalition with 35 other girls from all over the country on topics like building self-confidence. Madison does need help to get to California, check out her indeiegogo campaign, and help this Hardy Girl help other girls.