Good News For Girls: Girl Declaration + Malala + Books!


Dhiya by Heber Vega

That sweet girl? That’s Dhiya. She lives in Iraq, and when Heber Vega made this photograph for The Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), she’d just had heart surgery that saved her life. PLC co-founder Jeremy Courtney recently published the book Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time about their mission to embody Love and foster peace in Iraq by providing heart surgeries to as many of the tens of thousands of kids waiting as possible. These folks do extraordinary work. Because profits go to fund more surgeries for kids, I’m giving away a few copies to SheLoves readers (*see the end of the post for details).

Education + Girls = Community Change

– Shoot me if you must, but listen to me first: Compelling interview with Malala Yousafzai.

– Defying a fatwa and conservative thought, Muslim women in India train to be photographers.

– Creating a community of learning and support: Black Girls Code.

– No engineers to fix our broken wells? No problem. I’ll become one!

Too Young to Create? Ha!

– Elif Bilgin, a 16 year-old Turkish girl invented a sustainable bio-plastic made from banana peels. Truth.

– Brittany Wenger, 18, created a global neural network cloud service for breast cancer research in her bedroom. As one does.

– Kenya Peterson, 13, creates sculptures that sell in high-end design stores.

Designing Communities for Positive Change

– How to Design Cities for Women (while making them work better for everyone).

– Creating their own “retirement community“.

– I was not put on this earth to be invisible: The Girl Declaration.

– Ms. Reifler, a teacher, realized many of her young students were suicidal. She changed the curriculum (and everything else).

Setting the Table for Each Other

– Three ways to help women and girls take more risk in business (and life).

– White? Make a level table every chance you get.

– “The phrase ‘I want to give a voice to the people that don’t have one’ has to go. It’s dehumanizing. THEY have a voice. The problem is WE don’t listen.”

– Women who sang for human rights.

SheLoves writers CREATE!

You might not realize it, but many SheLoves Magazine contributors are also published authors. Below is a curated collection of titles (including a few e-books) by some of our own authors. Please leave a note in the comments if I missed something that should be included here.

Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room by Matt Appling

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (coming out in November)

Miracle in a Mother’s Hug and What Dad’s Need to know about Daughters and Mom’s Need to Know about Sons by Helen Burns

Dancing Back to Jesus: Post-perfectionist Faith in Five Easy Verbs by Heather Caliri

And Then the Baby Came and Fight With Me: How We Learned to be Married by Olive Chan and Tim Chan

Letters from a Luddite: What I Learned in 31 Days Off-line by Christina Crook

Soul Writing: Why Writing Your Story Could be the Most Important Thing you Ever Do by Claire De Boer

Down We Go and Come with Me by Kathy Escobar

Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg (many other titles from Margaret here)

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and The Next Big Thing and Wrecked by Jeff Goins

Unladylike by Pam Hogeweide

Stars in Unexpected Places: A Collection of Short-Stories by Nicola Hulks

Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think? by Jonathan Martin

Good Grief!: How to Create an Oasis When Life is a Desert by Erica McNeal

Discovering God’s Heart for Suffering Women: A 40-Day Prayer Pilgrimage by Idelette McVicker and Gwen McVicker

Speak Life and Shut the Hell Up and Catalysts: You can be God’s Agent for Change by Bev Murrill

Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community by Enuma Okoro (other titles from Enuma here)

Boundless and The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women by Danielle Strickland

A Common Thread  and Hope Today by Catherine Sylvester

Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt

Mom in the Mirror and Chasing Silhouettes by Emily Wierenga

When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love and Starting Over by Addie Zierman

*I’d love to give away a few copies of Preemptive Love. Leave us a note in the comments, letting us know where in the world you read SheLoves Magazine and your name will go into the hat. I’ll contact winners at the end of the month.

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