Good News For Girls: Valentines + Selfies + Empathy Library


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Maria Keller, 5th grader, reader, has distributed 1 million books to kids who lacked access to reading material.

Xiao Meili walks across China to raise awareness of sexual violence.

Yeliz Yuksel takes risks a lot to bring women’s hockey to a conservative town in northeast Turkey.

Seeking to end the practice of FGM in northern Iraq.

Sheryl Sandberg spearheads an effort to change the image of women in stock photography.

How we see ourselves:

Media literacy as a tool for change for women and girls.

Survivors of acid attacks bring healing to each other via a beauty salon.

While the models don’t represent a range of body types, it still feels like huge shift to find a lingerie company staying away from using photoshop in ads aimed at young women.

If you remember when we wrote Love Letters to our bodies, Pam Hogeweide gave herself a Valentine gift with her own letter.

Yes, it’s a piece of marketing. But moms + daughters + selfies is another moving offering from Dove.

Jade Bealle celebrates body diversity.

How we see each other:

Words from a father to his young daughter, from the make-up aisle.

Barbara Kruger’s photo project “Your body is a battleground”, pictures young Iranian women, without the veils of fabric and make-up.

The Empathy Library: resources to shift the way we see each other. Resources for children too.

Super Power Babies… Rachel Callender shows how a little reframing changes everything.

Amos Yong on the Church and disability.

Another chance to reframe… Stop Hobophobia.

Artists represent!

Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female film director.

Maha Mrad and Hikmat Al Khansa combine remaking second-hand clothes + fashion + teaching sewing to rural women in Lebanon to make a difference in women’s lives.

Hélène Le Drogou combines home decor + environmental activism + displaced workers in Colombia to make beautiful change.

The photos in this post were made in northern Iraq, at a protest calling for an end to violence against women. The tent was set up outside a government office. It was filled with women, photos of slain women, and candles. There were many media outlets there to cover the event, and there wasn’t room for everyone to stand inside the tent. Most men present stood near the doorway. A very successful event, on the surface. But if you listened to the conversation outside…listened to the police officers and the reporters off-camera, it quickly became clear that there is still much change needed. An important reminder that the shift only comes when we all change together. Images by Erin Wilson.

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Erin Wilson
Erin Wilson is a curator + photographer, storyteller + story gatherer, listener + learner, student + teacher, mentor + cheerleader, local food advocate + unrepentant lover of kale. Erin teaches photography to kids who don't yet know they're artists through The ONE SHOT Project. She's currently making her home in Kurdistan (northern Iraq).
Erin Wilson
Erin Wilson


  1. Anne-Marie says:

    Erin, it’s so good to be in the tent with you! Thank you for all the rich offerings this month, here, and pictures of pomegranates, and boys in an alleyway. All drenched in light, and if not a pretty light, then the light that helps bring in hope. So good. You’ve enriched and opened my sight.

    • Erin Wilson says:

      Anne-Marie, it’s obvious that you have an artist’s heart, seeing the way Light plays off of everything. I’m so glad to share the tent with you too 🙂

  2. Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

    Erin, this one. Oh my goodness. Changing the face of stock photography and that Empathy Library. This is a great list.

  3. There’s goodness and awareness and hard stuff in here … All the things, really. So happy you’re mentioning Pam Hogeweide’s Love Letter. Thank you for this beautiful table, Erin. I’ll be reading for a while.

    • Erin Wilson says:

      It’s exactly that, isn’t it…a table with a few more leaves added. I love that picture, Idelette. Thanks 🙂


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