It seems there’s no end to parenting books on the typical logistics of parenting-- disciplining, educating, feeding, sleeping, etc. But there is a serious lack of books that truly show adults how to teach the young women in our lives how to be good citizens and activists. Lyn Mikel Brown's Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists offers that and so much more.
Aimed at parents, teachers, mentors, and anyone who works with girls, Powered By Girl is a detailed, yet easy to digest road map on to how to guide the girls in your life; not only be activists in their own worlds (schools across the nation better watch out) but also within the larger community and world at large. Told through interviews with women and girl activists, Powered by Girl gives a deeper look at how girls have embraced activism and provides tips for the adults who want to support their activism.
And there couldn’t be a better time to arm yourselves and the girls in your life with these tools. As we begin another school year where girls are facing ridiculous dress code restrictions, while awareness of rape culture and a more localized feminist movement continue to grow, it's important we know how to show young women how to harness the power available to them.
“By all appearances, the stars are aligned for young feminists. Armed with a well-honed sense of irony, an inventive amalgam of online and on-the-ground activism, and intersectional lens, girl activists are getting it done. There’s no denying the power of the feminist blogosphere or girls and young women’s use of a rich array of digital platforms to connect, rant, strategize, and land the movement.”
Though this book would be perfect for any time of year, I can’t think of a better time to introduce it into your house, classroom, or new Girls Scout season. This is the time of year when girls are transitioning into a new grade, new school, new age, and new friends. Be ready to facilitate their passion for justice to the next level.
Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists is officially available this week! And we are so excited to be a part of this week’s blog “Powered By Girl” blog tour celebrating its release!