welcome! we're so glad that you're interested in becoming

a member of fab!

This is your headquarters for all things FAB Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Here’s what you’ll find as you scroll through this page:
info about FAB, including what to expect regarding your commitment of time;
a downloadable pdf of the application so that you can gather info & prepare ahead;
a video message from a recent FABber; and lastly,
the online application!

Let’s get started…

the details

What is the Feminist Action Board (FAB)?
FAB is a group of Maine high schoolers (9th-12th grade) from around the state who are passionate about gender equity and social justice. Members plan and execute the Girls Rock! Conferences, do community outreach and education, maintain a social media presence, and work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to make sure that all Hardy Girls programs remain relevant. There is no cost to participate in FAB.

Why did you change the name from G*rls Advisory Board (GAB) to Feminist Action Board (FAB)?
The 2021-22 cohort of GAB voted in early 2022 to change the name to the Feminist Action Board (FAB) because (1) it better represents the gender diversity & inclusive values of Hardy Girls and FAB, and (2) it encompasses members’ passion for feminism, social justice, and youth activism.

Who makes up FAB?
16-20 Maine high school girls and nonbinary youth from all around the state.

When & where does FAB meet?
We meet on the first Sunday of each month. We will meet in a hybrid model alternating between in-person and virtual meetings. The first 2022 in-person retreat is scheduled for the weekend of August 27 and 28. In-person meetings alternate between Augusta and Portland, and we organize carpools for every meeting. Outside of the meetings, FABbers spend about 5 hours a month on all things Hardy Girls, with the time commitment increasing around conferences in March and April.

Why the asterisk?
We use an asterisk to indicate that we welcome and celebrate the inclusivity of all self-identified girls and nonbinary youth. Gender is a social construct and for centuries it has been thought of as a boys & girls binary system. Hardy Girls does not believe in this gender binary, yet we recognize the deep history of systemic sexism and transphobia has uniquely harmed self-identified girls and nonbinary people. Hardy Girls welcomes and celebrates folks across all identities, abilities, races, ethnicities, religions, economic statuses and sexual orientations.

fab in real life

Wondering what it’s really like to be a member of FAB? Amna—class of 2021, Waterville HS—shares her 3 years of experience as a FAB member in the video below. Amna also spent her senior year as the FAB representative on our adult Board of Directors. Check it out!

the paper application

This is a full version of the online application. Feel free to download this, print it out, use it as a rough draft to gather your info and draft notes for the questions on pages 2 and 3.

While we prefer that you submit your official application to us using the online feature below, you may print this paper version to submit if you’re unable to successfully submit via the online app. Once filled out, photograph each page and email the photos as attachments to program@hghw.org.

If you want to print a full pdf file (includes the info in the details section above) to share with others, you can download it here.

the online application

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