The Fierceness of Girls

By Meadow Rue Merrill I should have known my 13-year-old daughter had heart and strength and courage the day I picked her up from the stable. Her hands were cut bloody from the reins she’d pulled, trying to hold back a runaway 1,300lb. Irish Draught horse as it thundered through the trees with her on […]

The Red Couch: I Am Malala Discussion

To learn more about I Am Malala, please read the introductory post. Be sure to peruse The Nightstand in that post, which has resources for those wanting to learn more about the topic and themes of this month’s selection. O Malalai of Maiwand, Rise once more to make Pashtuns understand the song of honor, Your poetic […]

Heavy Boy, Light Girl

I overheard a girl, upper elementary, medium length jet black hair. In Chinese she asks her mother, “What does it mean to be ‘heavy-boy-light-girl?’” I winced and turned my head, unwilling to look into the eyes of an innocent child while her mother explained. “Heavy-boy-light-girl” is a Chinese proverb to encapsulate the worldview that men […]

Dangerous Women = Good News for Girls!

Well, let me just put this on the table: every Good News for Girls column could be called “Dangerous Women!” This month I celebrate each dangerous woman whose story we get to share, and each one living dangerously in a quiet way. Meet Perna Devi (above)—elected official in her Indian village, leader, world changer! Claudia knits […]

Tech, Training and Toast: Good News for Girls

Education + Girls = Community Change: DIY Girls—hands-on tech for girls (and women too!) At 16 and 17 years old, they’re tackling breast cancer and a potential prize at the Google Science Fair.   They’re evening the playing field at Hacker School. Reelgrrls—a Seattle-based film school for girls. Making space for girls and different ideas […]