Valerie Stone joined the HGHW board in September 2018. She has been inspired by her youngest daughter Grace, who was a passionate Hardy Girls member for 2 years and served on the Girls Advisory Board and the HGHW board. Valerie has spent the last 20+ years in Maine, raising her 5 kids and multiple dogs with her husband David, in Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth and Freeport. As a mother of 3 girls and once a girl herself, she has personally witnessed the journey all women take, from self knowing, self acceptance and empowerment to awareness of the plight that many young girls still face daily through media stigmas, outdated traditions and individuals biases. She started her work career interning at MORAL, the Massachusetts affiliate of NARAL, and has remained passionate about choice and has channeled this though Planned Parenthood. She is excited about bringing her action focussed energy to the board and is hoping to help make a difference. Her multiple hobbies include sailing, anything that involves a needle and yarn/thread, native gardening and most recently herbal medicine.
Favorite book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Hillary Clinton
Favorite feminist anthem: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: walking in the woods
Perfect day (in one sentence): Waking up with the sun and spending the day on the water with family.