Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists

Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists

by Lyn Mikel Brown

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Overview

A playbook for working with and training girls to be activists of their own social movements

Drawing from a diverse collection of interviews with women and girl activists, Powered by Girl is both a journalistic exploration of how girls have embraced activism and a guide for adults who want to support their organizing. Here we learn about the intergenerational support behind thirteen-year-old Julia Bluhm when she got Seventeen to go Photoshop free; nineteen-year-old Celeste Montaño, who pressed Google to diversify their Doodles; and sixteen-year-old Yas Necati, who campaigns for better sex education. And we learn what experienced adult activists say about how to scaffold girls’ social-change work. Brown argues that adults shouldn’t encourage girls to “lean in.” Rather, girls should be supported in creating their own movements—disrupting the narrative, developing their own ideas—on their own terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807094600
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lyn Mikel Brown has been studying and working with girls for more than twenty-five years. A professor of education and human development at Colby College, she is the author of five previous books about gender and girlhood, and is the cofounder of three grassroots organizations.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Digging Deep

PART ONE: CULTIVATING DISSENT

CHAPTER ONE
The Myth of the Special Girl

CHAPTER TWO
Everyday Rebellions

CHAPTER THREE
Activism Is Good for (All) Girls

PART TWO: NECESSARY CONDITIONS

CHAPTER FOUR
Beyond Gloria Steinem: A Rich Feminist History

CHAPTER FIVE
Good Intentions Aren’t Enough:
Genuine Relationships

CHAPTER SIX
Experts on Their Own Experience:
Respect for Girls’ Knowledge

CHAPTER SEVEN
Wide Awake and Calling BS:
Critical Consciousness

CHAPTER EIGHT
A Witness in Their Defense: Loyalty

CHAPTER NINE
“A Politics of Participation”:
Supportive Coalitions

CHAPTER TEN
Trust and Transparency: The Possibility of Intergenerational Partnerships

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Scaffolding Girls’ Activism:
Meeting Girls Where They Are

CONCLUSION
Wicked Problems and Willful Girls

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

RESOURCES

NOTES

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