This Thanksgiving we have many things to be thankful for. One of the many things we are thankful for is to have a platform such as the internet to reach out to young girls across the globe and help inspire and empower them. And we are also thankful that we are not the only ones!
There are hundreds of websites out there with the same goal and mission as us here at SheHeroes, and we are thankful for each and every one of them. Here’s an updated list of our ten favorite websites that we are thankful to have out there helping empower girls. Check out theses sites, subscribe to their blogs, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter to fully enjoy all the inspiring goodness they have to offer!
We know that this list barely scratches the surface of all the amazing organizations out there today. So we’d love to hear from you. What are some of YOUR favorite sites that your thankful for?
- Toward the Stars Facebook Twitter – From their website: We are a tribe of parents, educators, business leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, artists, craftspeople, and loving adults coming together in defense of healthy girlhood. This marketplace provides a safe haven from the commercialization and sexualization of girlhood, from the toxic gender stereotypes that dominate the marketing, media, and products targeted to children and young adults. A place full of gifts that inspire and enable girls to reach for the stars. Offering a venue that motivates and supports artists, business and craftspeople to innovate and explore new products that have the potential to change the world.”
- Girls Can’t WHAT? Facebook Twitter – Well of course we love Girls Can’t WHAT? From their website, “We’ve started a revolution that challenges women to break through gender stereotypes and achieve their dreams. Ideas, motivation, encouragement and interviews can be found on the Girls Can’t WHAT? blog, where we often spark very lively discussions on current issues and challenges facing women.”
- Pigtails Pals Ballcap Buddies Facebook Twitter – One of the original girl empowerment websites, and the first to offer a full line of great clothing that redefines what it means to be a girl! From their website, “Pigtail Pals was created by Melissa Wardy, a mom and entrepreneur who was fed up of the limitations and stereotypes found in children’s clothing. Melissa wanted role models for her daughter that exemplified courage, intelligence, and imagination. A Pigtail Pal doesn’t wish upon a star and wait for her prince to show up. A Pigtail Pal gets into her rocket ship and finds that star all on her own!”
- Girl Talk Facebook Twitter – The fact that this org is girls empowering girls makes it unique and inspiring all in itself. From their website, “Founded in 2002, Girl Talk is a student-to-student mentoring program that pairs middle school girls with high school girls who serve as mentors. Weekly meetings are held before or after school, during which the high school leader conducts valuable lessons that address issues middle school girls face every day. Some examples of weekly lessons are Being Nice, Underage Drinking and How to Talk to Your Parents. Our mission is simple: We exist to help young girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and recognize the value of community service.”
- Princess Free Zone Facebook Twitter – One of our favorite sites to visit and share! From the website: “Girls need to know that they can do anything they want—that might include hammering a nail into a wall or fixing a broken faucet. But just saying the words doesn’t make it so.” She believes a girl can wear a tiara if she wants, but she should feel free to take it off as well.”
- Smart Girls at the Party Facebook Twitter – The brainchild of SheHero Amy Poehler Smart Girls at the Party has become a viral sensation! From the website: Smart Girls have a passion and drive to pursue things they love! Loving something is the best reason to celebrate it and that’s what we do. We take the things some may think are just background noise and we make them front and center. The Smart Girls at the Party channel launched July 2nd, 2012. We have five platforms: Smart Girls at the Party, Girls of the World, Ask Amy, Boys Minute and Meow Meow Music. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we post new videos.”
- L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Facebook Twitter – The familiar brand of L’Oréal has taken their huge reach and is using it to help support girls and women in the area of science. From their website, “L’Oréal recognizes the importance of advancing women in the sciences. Of the 3,000 research scientists L’Oréal employs around the world in 18 R&D centers, half of them are women. In the United States, L’Oréal USA has been recognizing and rewarding career contributions of young women researchers in the life and physical/materials sciences for the past six years through its For Women in Science program. L’Oréal USA awards five women postdoctoral researchers every year with fellowship grants.”
- Hardy Girls Healthy Women Facebook Twitter – Great webinars, great message, and a whole lot of tools to help empower the girls in your life. Need we say more? From their website, “Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Our vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. To that end, our mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower them. Since day one, Hardy Girls programming, resources and services have been powered by the latest research in girls’ development.”
- New Moon Girls Facebook Twitter – The leading magazine for empowering girls and their home online, is a must have in his day and age. Ad free and a favorite amongst tween and teen girls everywhere! From their website, “New Moon Girls is the creative safe social network and magazine for girls ages 8 and up – worldwide!”
- Achilles Effect Facebook – Sharing the same message as all our other favorite female empowering websites, except from the perspective of how girl power helps empower our boys too. From their website: The Achilles Effect discusses the impact of popular culture on young boys’ perceptions of masculinity and femininity. Current pop culture trades on stereotyped views of both sexes. The end result is a hierarchy of characters with the most traditionally masculine males at the top, the least “manly” at the bottom, and females somewhere on the fringes–present but not really part of the action.”
Remember, if you have a website you want to add tell us about it in the comments!