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I’m excited to be announcing a new project to G Fems!!!!!
From G Girls to G Fems: Teaching Young Girls about Feminism through Popular Culture
In contemporary American culture, young girls are exposed to many different ideas through mainstream media. More often than not, the media offers a foundation of knowledge for young girls, with issues such as body image and the latest fashion trends building the groundwork. Young girls are most impressionable during adolescence; this is due to the many developmental changes that occur during this phase whether it is biological, psychological, or social.
My project involves a feminist analysis of popular culture through an array of mediated texts such as books, television, and movies to expose feminism to young girls. G Girls is a website dedicated to girl culture, providing young girls with the necessary skills to analyze these mediated texts through a feminist lens. G Girls will prompt young girls with a character checklist to analyze such texts critically, reviewing target audiences, major themes, setting, race, class, gender, sexuality, etc., enabling young girls to acquire concepts of feminism at an early age, thus understanding how it impacts adolescent culture.
How the recession has disproportionately hurt young people.
you should check this out - there’s an awesome event in NYC tomorrow that you can follow online - Millennial Leadership Summit (http://mobilize.org/get-involved/upcoming-summits/nyc/)
Check it out - best resource for young entrepreneurs in the US :)
“An even higher percentage of young people of color — 64 percent of Latinos and 63 percent of African-Americans — expressed a desire to start their own companies. Women, on the other hand, are less likely to want to start their own businesses than men are (44 percent of women vs. 57 percent of men).
Despite Millennials’ strong entrepreneurial drive, just 8 percent of them own businesses now, and only 11 percent intend to start businesses within the next year. Thirty-eight percent of the potential young entrepreneurs say they have delayed starting a business because of the economy.”
AMAZING! Let’s invest in Millennials and get this economy back on track!!
This article was published today outlining findings that show that Americans with households headed by folks 65+ years old have a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed up someone under 35 – a gap nearly doubled since 2005. This statistic is so crazy I can barely understand it.
We talked about these findings at my job today and this statement was glossed over and really treated as a secondary concern:
“’It makes us wonder whether the extraordinary amount of resources we spend on retirees and their health care should be at least partially reallocated to those who are hurting worse than them [young people],’ said Harry Holzer, a labor economist and public policy professor at Georgetown University who called the magnitude of the wealth gap ‘striking.’”
This statement and the reaction of many “non-Millennials” to this statement I think really sums up the problem that may be timeless – why give more to those young people who are clearly doing something to deserve this bad luck?
Hasn’t every generation in its youth faced this criticism? “Young people are disengaged (not engaged in the same ways our parents and grandparents are/have been), rude, lacking experience (confident, educated), drones connected to new technology, a slave to consumerism, blah blah.” The Millennial generation is incredibly entrepreneurial precisely of these characteristics - because we are confident in our talents, able to turn around projects really quickly, and because we can creatively and effectively harness technology to achieve our goals.
It is my sincere belief, and it has been my experience working closely with young people every day, that Millennials will work for less, work longer hours, and deliver superior outputs IF given the opportunity. Why are companies not specifically targeting Millennials and training them to be the worker everyone dreams of? It seems to me like we’re squandering resources by not specifically focusing on Millennials (who make up 26% of the unemployed in the US). Not only will the Millennial generation be worse off because of it, but our country will, because the American economy won’t get to benefit from the untapped potential of this incredibly educated, creative, and grassroots generation (if I do say so myself).
I think it’s time to flip the conversation once and for all and give Millennials the same legislative and recovery attention that the Boomers have been afforded. Like Teddy Roosevelt said, “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”