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Girl Power October
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This October, you can feel full of GIRL POWER! 

  • Tag each other with your Girl Power blog!
  • Write a Girl Power Poem :)
  • Follow all of the amazing activities, actions and things to do for this year’s International Day of the Girl, which is on October 11

AND Don’t Forget:

  • Be Kind
  • You Rock
  • You Are Enough

What is your Girl Power? Tell us! 

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Jump Rope Challenge
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Ready for a challenge? Jump rope 3 times this week! See how YOU feel and tell us, right here! Here’s why: Jumping rope burns more calories per minute than most other workouts, including running. AND you can jump rope just about anywhere! All you need is a good jump rope and cross training shoes.

So here’s a fitness challenge, just for YOU! Go grab a rope and start JUMPING this week! Try and jump rope for 10 minutes THREE TIMES THIS WEEK!

Just jumping rope for 10 minutes is as good as:

  • Cycling 2 miles in 6 minutes
  • Playing handball for 20 minutes
  • Jogging 30 minutes at a moderate pace
  • Running 1 mile in 12 minutes
  • Swimming 720 yards in 12 minutes
  • Playing 2 sets of tennis

Let’s get jumping! Are you up for the challenge? Let’s hear it!

 

Thank you, Single Minded Women, for these great facts on jumping rope!

 

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Do you share a birthday with her?
Famous Women Engineers

1st AugustSarah Robinson, 1834 – UK founder of the Soldier’s Institute Mary Harris Jones, 1837 – Irish/American Activist Kamla Nehru, 1899 – Indian Freedom Fighter2nd AugustPauline Hall, 1890 – Norwegian Composer and Music Critic Rowena Cade, 1893 – British Theatrical Visionary Mary Hamman, 1907 – American Writer and Editor3rd AugustMaggie Kuhn, 1905 – American Founder of the Grey Panthers Regina Jonas, 1902 – German Rabbi Cécile Aubry, 1928 – French Actress, Director & Screenwriter4th AugustHedda Sterne, 1910 – Romanian Artist Helen Thomas, 1920 – American Journalist5th AugustMary Ritter Beard, 1876 – American Historian and Archivist Gertrude Rush, 1880 – African-American Lawyer Selma Diamond, 1920 – Canadian Actress and Screenwriter Maggie Gee, 1923 – Chinese American Physicist & Airforce Pilot6th AugustLouella Parsons, 1881 – American Columnist and Screenwriter Elisabeth Beresford, 1926 – British Author7th AugustElizabeth Flynn, 1890 – US labor leader, activist, and feminist Dorothy Walton, 1909 – Canadian Badminton Player Felice Bryant, 1925 – American Songwriter8th AugustFlorence Bailey, 1863 – US ornithologist and nature writer Emilie Flygare-Carlén, 1807 – Swedish Author Esther Hobart Morris, 1814 – American Justice of the Peace Cécile Chaminade, 1857 – French Composer and Pianist Sophia Duleep Singh, 1876 – Punjabi British Suffragette Esma Redžepova, 1943 – Macedonian Romani Singer and Humanitarian9th AugustEvelina Haverfield, 1867 – British Suffragette & Activist Tove Jansson, 1914 – Finnish Author and Artist Paula Kent Meehan, 1931 – American Businesswoman10th AugustIrene Steer, 1889 – British Olympic SwimmerEra Bell Thompson, 1905 – African American Journalist & Editor Rica Erickson, 1908 – Australian Naturalist, Author & Artist Dolores Alexander, 1931 – American Activist and Writer11th AugustEva Ahnert-Rohlfs, 1912 – German Astronomer Louise Bogan, 1897 – American Poet and Editor Enid Blyton, 1897 – British Author12th AugustEdith Hamilton, 1867 - German American Educator Helena Blavatsky, 1831 – Russian Theosophist Radclyffe Hall, 1880 – British Poet, Writer and Activist Zerna Sharp, 1889 – American Educator and Author13th AugustLucy Stone, 1818 – American Abolitionist and Suffragist Annie Oakley, 1860 – American Sharpshooter Ellen Osiier, 1890 – Danish Olympic Fencer14th AugustSibilla Aleramo, 1876 – Italian Author and Feminist Gisela Richter, 1882 – British Archaeologist and Art Historian Alice Rivaz, 1901 – Swiss Author and Feminist15th AugustGerty Cori, 1896 – American Biochemist & Nobel Prize winner Edith Nesbit, 1858 – British Author Marion Bauer, 1882 – US Composer, Writer & Music Critic Bridget Mason, 1818 – African American Nurse & Entrpreneur16th AugustGeorgette Heyer, 1902 – British NovelistFrances Buss, 1827 – British Education Reformer Elsie Inglis, 1864 – British Doctor & Suffragist17th AugustClara Meijer-Wichmann, 1885 – German Anarchist & Feminist Mary Cain, 1904 – American Newspaper Editor Bronislawa Wajs “Papusza”, 1908 – Polish Romani PoetFrederika Bremer, 1801 – Finnish/Swedish Writer & Feminist18th AugustNettie Palmer, 1885 – Australian Author and Literary Critic Vijayalaxmi Pandit, 1900 – Indian Diplomat and Politician Margaret Murie, 1902 – American Conservationist Lydia Litvyak, 1921 – Russian WW2 Fighter Pilot19th AugustCoco Chanel, 1883 – French Fashion Designer Ellen Willmott, 1858 – English Horticulturalist Rose Heilbron, 1914 – 1st female Judge at the Old Bailey Anna Terruwe, 1911 – Dutch Psychiatrist20th AugustJeanne Stern, 1908 - French/German Writer & Translator Ellen Roosevelt, 1868 – American Tennis Champion Jacqueline Susann, 1918 – American Author21st AugustKate Loder, 1825 – English composer and pianist Eleanor Davies-Colley, 1874 – British Surgeon MM Kaye, 1908 – British Writer Judy Grable, 1935 – American Professional Wrestler22nd AugustDorothy Parker, 1893 – American Writer, Critic & Satirist Leni Riefenstahl, 1902 – German Director & Photographer Mary McGrory, 1918 – American Journalist23rd AugustMalvina Reynolds, 1900 – US singer-songwriter and activist Sarah Frances Whiting, 1847 – US Physicist & AstronomerHannah Frank, 1908 – Scottish Artist and Sculptor24th AugustJean Rhys, 1890 – British Writer Ruth Schaumann , 1899 – German Poet, Sculptor & Illustrator Elizabeth Lee Hazen, 1885 – American Microbiologist Lavinia Fontana, 1552 – Italian Artist25th AugustDorothea Tanning, 1910 – American Artist and writer Zsuzsa Körmöczy, 1924 – Hungarian Tennis Player Thea Astley, 1925 – Australian Author Althea Gibson, 1927 – African American Sportswoman26th AugustDora Gabe, 1886 – Bulgarian Poet Elizebeth Friedman, 1892 – American Cryptanalyst Zona Gale, 1874 – Pulitzer Prize winning AuthorGeraldine Ferraro, 1935 – American Lawyer and Politician27th AugustKatharine McCormick, 1875 – US Biologist, Suffragist & Philanthropist Halet Çambel, 1916 – Turkish Athlete, Activist, ArchaeologistRosalie Wahl, 1924 – American Judge28th AugustTasha Tudor, 1915 – American Illustrator & Author Janet Frame, 1924 – New Zealand Author Lida Scott Howell, 1859 – American Archery Champion29th AugustAnna Ella Carroll, 1815 – American politician and lobbyist Salme Dutt, 1888 – British Political Activist Dinah Washington, 1924 – African American Singer & Pianist30th AugustMary Shelley, 1797 – British Writer Nancy Wake, 1912 – British/NZ/Australian Agent, WW2 Virginia Lee Burton, 1909 – American Author & Illustrator Bertha Parker Cody, 1907 – Native American Archaeologist Molly Ivins, 1944 – American Columnist & Humourist31st AugustMaria Montessori, 1870 – Italian Physician & Educator Amrita Pritam, 1919 – Punjabi Writer and Poet Agnes Bulmer, 1775 – English PoetJosephine Ruffin, 1842 – African American Publisher & Activist

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August is All About Girls in the Media

Hands Up

This August, let’s think about girls in the media. What kinds of roles do you want to see girls play in TV shows, movies, books and in the newspapers? Jot a few ideas right here, in the comments section. Then we’ll share this wish list with our friends at the Day of the Girl Summit.

Let’s speak up! Let’s be heard! Let’s ask for the kinds of things that can make our world a better place for all girls!

 

 

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19 Best Resolutions for the Best You
Star Power

Here are some of the best resolutions around to help you become your best you yet. See what you think and add yours in the comments section below!

19. Run or walk for at least 20 minutes every day – you could even start a 20 Club!
18. Keep your phone time to 20 minutes every day – it’ll be challenging but you’ll love how you feel!
17. Write one note a week to someone you think is a great leader – by the end of the year, you’ll have written to 52 people – they’ll love it and you will, too!
16. Create a dream journal about the things you dream of doing one day – it’ll be fun to read when you’re older and will help you keep a dreamy focus on today :)
15. Say thank you when someone gives you a compliment
14. Remember the good each week – take time to reflect on the good things that happened over the past 7 days
13. Jot down notes of what you learned about any mistake you made that week, too
12. Keep a memory jar of all the notable things that happen all year long and then read them on New Year’s Day 2020
11. Use lotion on your hands every day
10. STRETCH for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week
9. Make 19 new friends in 2019
8. Start pushing your cuticles back gently every day after you brush your teeth, so they stay healthy and don’t bug you
7. Look in the mirror each morning and say, you’re awesome, and start each day on a positive note, even when you don’t feel like it
6. Call someone you love once a week and tell them 1 good thing that happened that week and that you love them
5. Pray before each meal
4. Try a new sport, a new club or a new group
3. Add strength exercises to your routine 3 times a week
2. Try a new food each week
1. Make your bed each morning

Try ‘em! You’ll love how you feel in just one month… tell us all about it! Got more ideas? Share them right here:

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How to Shine in the New Year
Girl Friendship 2019

This is a good year to be a girl. Here’s why:
- we have million girls around the world, just like us, to stand with us
- when we speak up, people pay attention
- our future will be better because of us

When we shine, we all shine brighter!

It’s all true! This is a good year to be a girl, because we can work hard together to make the world an ever better place for girls. So what do you want to work on together? Tell us in the comment section below and Happy New Year, GIRLS!!!

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Famous Women and Girls Born in January
Famous Women Engineers

Is your birthday in January? Check out these famous women and girls and find out who shares your special day with you, and what make her so amazing. Have fun!

1st JanuaryNoor Inayat Khan1914 - Hindustani Special Ops Agent Maria Edgeworth, 1768 – Anglo Irish Writer Audrey Wurdemann, 1911 – American Poet
2nd JanuaryMartha Carey Thomas, 1857 – US Educator and Suffragist Lillian Leitzel, 1892 – German Acrobat and Strongwoman Sadie Tanner Mossell, 1898 – African American AttorneyJuanita Jackson Mitchell, 1913 – African American Lawyer Slava Raskaj, 1877 – Croatian Watercolourist
3rd JanuaryLucretia Mott, 1793 – US Abolitionist, Activist & Reformer Helen Parkhurst, 1887 – American Educator Carolyn Haywood, 1898 – American Author and Illustrator Dorothy Arzner, 1897 – American Screenwriter & Director
4th JanuaryJohanna Westerdijk, 1883 – Dutch BotanistMeta Vannas, 1924 – Estonian Soviet Politician
5th JanuaryJeannette Piccard, 1895 – US High Altitude Balloonist (videoElizabeth Cotten, 1893 – African American Singer Songwriter Stella Gibbons, 1902 – British Author and JournalistKathleen Kenyon, 1906 – British Archaeologist
6th JanuaryAleksandra Ekster, 1882 – Russian Painter and Designer Melchora Aquino, 1812 – Filipina Revolutionary Kathryn Hulme, 1900 – American Author and Memoirist
7th JanuaryZora Hurston, 1891 – US Folklorist and Anthropologist Clara Haskil, 1895 – Romanian Classical Pianist Mirja Hietamies, 1931 – Finnish Cross Country Skier
8th JanuaryFanny Bullock Workman, 1859 – US Explorer and Mountaineer Mary Kenney O’Sullivan, 1864 – US Union Organiser Emily Balch, 1867 – American Winner of Nobel Peace Prize
9th JanuaryElizabeth Britton, 1857 – American BotanistCassandra Austen, 1773 – British Watercolourist Carrie Chapman Catt, 1859 – US Women’s Rights Activist Alma Ziegler, 1918 – American Baseball Player
10th JanuaryBarbara Hepworth, 1903 – British Modernist Sculptor Katherine Blodgett, 1898 – British Inventor Violette Cordery, 1900 – British Racing Driver (Video)
11th JanuaryAlice Paul, 1885 – American Suffragist Eva Le Galliene, 1899 – British American Actress & Director Kwon Ki-ok, 1901 – Korean Pilot Nora Haysen, 1911 – Australian Artist
12th JanuaryMarika Stiernstedt, 1875 – Author & Chair of Swedish Writers Union Laura Adams Armer, 1874 – American Artist and Writer Rosalba Carriera, 1673 – Italian Artist
13th JanuarySabine Zlatin, 1907 – Polish/French Nurse who helped Jewish children in WW2 Dachine Rainer, 1921 – American British Poet and Anarchist Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, 1926 – American Academic
14th JanuaryCorona Schröter, 1751 – German Musician and Composer ​Berthe Morisot, 1841 – French Impressionist Painter Nina Ricci, 1883 – Italian French Fashion Designer
15th JanuarySofia Kovalevskaya, 1850 – Russian Mathematician Maria Mitchell, 1818 – American Astronomer Mazo de la Roche, 1879 – Canadian Author
16th JanuaryDian Fossey, 1932 – American Zoologist & Gorilla Expert Eleanor Marx, 1855 – British Socialist Feminist Activist Dorothe Engelbretsdatter, 1634 – Norwegian AuthorRuth Rose, 1896 – American Screenwriter
17th JanuaryEdith Green, 1910 – US Politician, Reformer & Educator Ellen Wood, 1814 – British NovelistAlva Belmont, 1853 – American Suffragist & Philanthropist
18th JanuaryClara Nordstrom, 1886 – Swedish/German Writer & Translator Elena Arizmendi Mejia, 1884 – Mexican Feminist & Founder of the Neutral White Cross
19th JanuaryAnne Hummert, 1905 – American Radio Pioneer Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1889 – Swiss Artist, Sculptor & Dancer ​Magda Tagliaferro, 1893 – Brazilian Pianist (video)
20th JanuaryAnne Clough, 1820 – British Suffragist & reformer Clarice Cliff, 1899 – British PotterFleur Cowles, 1908 – American Writer & Illustrator Joy Adamson, 1910 – Austrian Naturalist & Writer Julia Morgan, 1872 – American Architect
21st JanuarySophia Jex-Blake, 1840 – British Physician, Teacher & Feminist Eva Ibbotson, 1925 – Austrian British Children’s Writer
22nd JanuaryBeatrice Webb, 1858 – British Sociologist & Economist Beryl Swain, 1936 – British TT Motorcycle Racer
23rd JanuaryGertrude Elion, 1918 – US Biochemist & Pharmacologist Camilla Collett, 1813 – Norwegian Feminist Writer Grete Schütte-Lihotzky, 1897 – Austrian Architect Tatiana Proskouriakoff, 1909 – Russian American Architect and Archaeologist
24th JanuaryMarguerite Durand, 1864 – French Journalist, Actress & Suffragette ​Hedwig “Vicki” Baum, 1888 – Austrian Author ​Doris Haddock, 1910 – American Political Activist
25th JanuaryVirginia Woolf, 1882 – British Writer and Feminist Ramabai Ranade, 1862 – Indian Social Worker and Activist Julia Smith, 1905 – American Composer and Pianist
26th JanuaryBessie Coleman, 1892 – African American Aviator Mary Mapes Dodge, 1831 – American Writer and Editor Patricia Hughes, 1923 – British Radio Presenter
27th JanuaryHester Thrale, 1741 – British Diarist and Author Beatrice Tinsley, 1941 – New Zealand Astronomer Georgia Neese Clark, 1898 – American Economist
28th JanuaryAda Chew, 1870 – British Union Organiser and Suffragist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 1873 – French Writer & Performer Marthe Bibesco, 1886 – Romanian/French Writer Alice Neel, 1900 – American Painter Nien Cheng, 1915 – Chinese Author
29th JanuaryMarguerite Canal, 1890 – French Composer and Conductor Muna Lee, 1895 – American/Puerto Rican Poet and Activist
30th JanuaryBarbara Tuchman, 1912 – American Historian and author ​Amrita Sher-Gil, 1913 – Hungarian born Indian Artist Marianne Ferber, 1923 – Czech Canadian Economist Machiko Hasegawa, 1920 – Japanese Manga Artist
31st JanuaryFreya Stark, 1893 – British Explorer and Travel Writer Alva Myrdal, 1902 – Swedish Sociologist & Nobel Prize winner Matilda Knowles, 1864 – Irish Botanist and Lichenologist _____________________________________
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A December to Remember
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No matter where you live in the world, city or country, large population or small, this December can become one to remember always. Try and imagine yourself a year from now, looking back on this December. What kinds of things will make you smile to remember them? Or are there things you could do to make the next year you proud? How about things that will just give you a good laugh?

Sometimes, the best memories and proudest moments come from helping others in need, cheering up those around us who are struggling with illness or other personal troubles, or solving a problem in our midst that seems really difficult, but maybe just needed an extra hand, time or some good thinking.

A neighbor may need help shoveling snow.
There’s a gift exchange, but you’re not allowed to spend much money on it, so you make a gift of homemade cookie mix in a jar (see picture) that everyone loves.
A friend may be sick and may need your notes.
There’s a long line for lunch every day and it makes everyone grumpy; if tables took turns in random order, maybe people would not get so annoyed when waiting their turn.
Another elderly person in your community might enjoy hearing a story read out loud to her.
A child next door could use your hand-me-down jeans.
Maybe there’s a kid at school who sits alone at lunch, or never smiles in the hallway – how powerful your smile or shared lunch might be!?!

Whatever you choose to do this December to make it a December to Remember, share it with us! When we tell each other stories, we inspire each other. We get ideas for how we can each make a difference in our world.

Here’s to making this December one to Remember!

Happy December, girls!

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Happy Thanksgiving
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Pumpkin pie.

Turkey.

Stuffing.

Mashed potatoes.

Sweet potatoes.

Corn.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year? What are you most thankful for? Tell us!

We are thankful for each and every one of YOU!!!

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Be Happy by Being Grateful this November
What are you grateful for?

It’s a simple idea, really. It’s being grateful. Ever find yourself wishing you had the stuff your friend haves? Or do you catch yourself watching a movie and you start feeling bad about your room, your clothing or your shoes? It’s at this very moment that you can take charge of your gratefulness. Look around. See all you have. See what makes your life comfortable. Rich. Loving. Happy.

It may not be the stuff of legend or a movie, but it is stuff that makes you uniquely you. And no one else can look around and see what you see. Only you can be you. That’s reason to be grateful, yes?

We now know that this simple ideas is the secret of happiness. Check it out right here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201511/how-gratitude-leads-happier-life

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough.” —Melodie Beatty

How can you express your gratitude this month? Tell us right here!

 

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