Thursday, December 10, 2009

Zack Morris Style Time Out

Everyone needs to check out The Girl Effect right now.

One of my favorite bloggers, Kathleen, posted about this the other day and I think it's one of the coolest things I've ever seen.


  1. I watched the "Girl Effect", and i applaud much of what has been done for the advancement of girls education.However we have reached a point here in the UK that the group that is doing least well of ANY group is white working class boys.As a unskilled manual worker who is the father of two teenaged boys this is of great concern to me. We must educate well, ALL our children.

  2. You make a good point. When my son and I were living a middle class life in Texas, his education really suffered. His school was white bread middle class but the education was sub-par at best and I couldn't get anyone to care about his needs as a gifted child. I kept hearing "he's acting out while all the other kids are working" and couldn't get the point across that it was because he had finished his work and was bored. Now that he goes to an inner city school in New York that qualifies for grants and programs based on its lower-income status, suddenly he's in a gifted and talented class, taking swimming lessons instead of gym, takes incredible classes in the arts sponsored by the Julliard School and is getting all sorts of special attention. It's really all a matter of where the government puts the money.

    The Girl Effect, for me, is more about empowering women to create change. Physical change in their circumstances, yeah, but also social change. As a single mom who had a baby way too young, but has had the opportunity to have a career and be respected in it, and now to work on getting a Masters Degree, I see it as my responsibility to support in whatever small way I can any movement to help women overcome their circumstances. I can't imagine worse circumstances than being thought of and treated as a second class citizen and feel like you have no option but to try and care for your family in poverty and silence.