is our showcase of young feminist creativity. We plan to display writing,
artwork, audio and video. We offer links to other sites as well as material
submitted to us by contributors. We will organize GrrlSmarts! by the
If you are
a teacher or a young person who has feminist work you would like us
to display, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to join up with GrrlSmarts
to Main GrrlSmarts Page
Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960's
by Vintee Sawhney A brief history of the women's liberation movement
by a Wisconsin high school student. Vintee interviewed Herstory Project
member Estelle Carol as part of her project.
feminists ride the Third Wave by
Nicole Cohen Canadian
young feminists confront new issues and ponder the direction the women's
movement should take.
young and older, still reaching out by
Sharlene Azam A young female reporter from the Toronto Star meets
Gloria Steinem and Marcia Gillespie. She is both surprised and impressed
when neither quite fits her idea of what an older feminist is like.
Welfare is Wack!
by Teen Voices A shocking story about how some of the money
for Wisconsin's "welfare reform" is lining the pockets of the wealthy.
There is an email letter you can send to protest this abuse, as well
as a bulletin board to express your opinion .
May 2001 GrrlSmarts
by Molly Conway This article focuses on the drugs adults give kids
to change their mood and behavior. Molly(age 13) is not convinced this
is such a great idea.
We are the future by
NOW Young Feminists NOW,
the National Organization for Women, invites young feminists to get
involved in the movement for justice and equality.
and Create from
Tech Up! Tech Up! is an e-zine for women and girls interested in
technology. Read some poetry by Tech Up! members
Emotional Lost and Found
by Samantha Hunter Martin was a teenage Dad. Read about
a guy who knows what it means to be a kid with adult responsibilities.
Follow the links from the Teenwire homepage to find the story .
is an early 20th century novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman that envisioned
a woman run utopia. Oak Park high school student Dana Simpson
takes a 21st century look at it.
Buy My Love by
Erica Bryant An
interview with Jean Kilbourne,a woman who has single-handedly taken
on the entire advertising industry with books and videos that hit hard
at those ads we can never seem to get away from.
Family Week is a special gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
(LGBT) parents and youth & adults of all ages with LGBT parents. If
your idea of a good time is hanging out at the beach in Provincetown
MA with like minded kids, start bugging your parents now. The gathering
is from August 4-10.
Have All The Indies Gone?
by Danielle Egnew A
no b.s look at the state of independent music from one of the members
of the indie band Pope Jane. Danielle is not pleased.
This article from BET has commentary from several female hip
hop artists who say that yes, it is possible to be a rapper and speak
out against sexism and misogyny. A good antidote to Eminem's Grammy
FEMedia Practical hints on how to defend yourself if attacked. Includes
information from men in prison who have attacked women so you know how
your enemy thinks. Most of them said they wanted to attack someone who
wouldn't cause trouble, so the article counsels resistance.
Gurl Graveyard by
A walk through women's history past the graves of some famous women
who according to the author just "keep kicking it".
think I Might Be a Lesbian. Now What do I do?
by Outright Young lesbians answer
commonly asked questions with frank sensitivity. The basic message is,
February 2001 GrrlSmarts
Banned in the Sudan by
Women in the Sudan have been banned from jobs that put them in contact
with men. Read about this outrage and learn what you can do.
Consent and Minor's Access by
Feminists. When a girl becomes pregnant does she have to
tell her parents if she wants an abortion? Does she need their permission
to buy contraceptives? This article argues that girls need freedom to
of Offenders by
Ten really nasty advertising images that abuse girls and women.
Includes sample letters of protest and addresses of offending companies.
Express your opinion online about your most favorite or most hated
movie. Read what other people think. Know what to see and what to
January 2001 GrrlSmarts
Save the World?
Virginia Pelley. A common sense guide about how to get involved
in social issues without getting burned.
Your Perfect Match by
Lucy Meher. A companion piece to the article above. This one tells
how to volunteer to help others as you help yourself.
Trip to the Art Museum by
Ina Bruscher. Walking through a gallery triggers a flood of emotions
and thoughts about sex discrimination in the arts.
the Boy Scouts in Knots by
Dan Savage. The author explores the painful dilemmas faced by gay
parents and boys who want to become involved in Scouting.
by Dana Simpson. Imaginative creations done in Painter and Photoshop.
Dana is a student at Oak Park-River Forest High School near Chicago.
Her work is influenced by Japanese anime and western fantasy art but
without annoying gender stereotypes.
About Time by GirlSource. A press
release announcing Its About Time , described as, "....
the first health book created by and for young women that responds to
urban young women's critical life questions." The book
was edited by a team of women 14-18 years old with the help of professionals
in the publishing field.
Pressure to be Perfect by Aiala.
A hard-hitting essay about our society's strange obsession with being
"perfect". Aiala, age 14, zeroes in on how our ideas of being
"perfect" usually end up focusing on image rather than reality.
by Rachel G. Fry, Adrienne Thomas, Tanya Wynette Jo Falls Down and
Tammy Sue Lowe. Several teenage Native American poets with commentary
by other Native American teenagers. This is strong stuff. As Roberta
Francis Behan of the Northern Arapaho Nation puts it,"
I have many dreams. If I could change any thing in the world, Columbus
would have never found America."
by the Chicago Womens Graphics Collective
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