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Happy MLK Day!
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., see where you can shine your light. See where you can share your love. Here are some ideas:

- Find some clothing in your closet that you don’t need anymore and donate it
- Get a group of friends together to go and write poems about kindness and respect
- Find an example of a good, smart idea and support it

How else can you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Tell us and let’s make this day matter!

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Happy Birthday to Malala
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Happy Birthday, Malala!

Write a birthday wish for Malala, right here!

She is amazing. She stands with girls. She stands with us! We can all learn about strength, character and friendship from Malala. Let her inspire you! Here’s the speech she gave when accepting the gift of citizenship from Canada. It’s not a party speech. But it is an AMAZING speech. Watch it! And write your birthday wish!

Isn’t she amazing? Now sign her birthday card, by writing your birthday wish to her right here, in the comments section below. Pretty cool!

(Photo Credit: Child-Education-Positive-News. Video Credit: YouTube and CSPAN)


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Congratulate our May Blogger of the Month!
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… @batman!

Way to go, @batman! You are the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for May! After 200 hundered votes, you edged out the other Bloggers and are this month’s winner! Way to go! Now, just send your parents’ home mailing address to us (info at itwixie dot com) and we’ll send a pocket writing journal to you! Thanks for helping to build the iTwixie Nation – you help everyone feel so inspired! We love reading your blogs! You rock!

Calling all iTwixie girls: be sure to read each other’s blogs and see how they can spark your to write your own blogs! Maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

How the New Blogger of the Month Works
For each month in 2017, our iTwixie Team will choose 5 girls to be featured in a vote for Blogger of the Month. Then we all get to vote for who we think ought to win. The winner will get a prize! Once you’ve won Blogger of the Month, you will need to wait a year before getting another  chance to be featured in the vote, so that more girls get the chance to win. Sound fun?

Get blogging and voting and maybe YOU will be our next Blogger of the Month!

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30 Reasons Why
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Happy 30 Reasons Why June!

All June long we’ll come up with 30 reasons why we stand up for girlhood. You in? Stay tuned! And add your reason why, too. We want to hear from you!

Here’s to standing up for girls. GIRLS ROCK! Here are some girls in history who celebrate their birthdays all June long. Check them out! A full year of birthdays is available in our Birthday Club! Check it out!
1st June
Julie Campbell, 1908 – American Author & Literary Agent
Hazel Dickens, 1935 – US Feminist, Activist, Bluegrass Singer
Katerina Gogou, 1940 – Greek Anarchist Poet
2nd June
Dorothy West, 1907 – African American Writer
Lotte Reiniger, 1899 – German Film Director and Animator
Ruth Atkinson, 1918 – Canadian/American Cartoonist
Kathryn Tucker Windham, 1918 – Alabama Storyteller
Betty Freeman, 1921 – US Photographer & Philanthropist
June Callwood, 1924 – Canadian Journalist & Social Activist
3rd June
Rosa Chacel, 1898 – Spanish Writer and Feminist
Memphis Minnie, 1897 – American Singer-Songwriter
Eleanor Coade, 1733 – British Businesswoman
4th June
Miina Sillanpää, 1866 – Finnish Member of Parliament
Sadie Bonnell, 1888 – British WW1 Ambulance Driver
Mabel Lucie Attwell, 1879 – British Illustrator
Alla Nazimova, 1879 – Crimean American Actress & Producer
5th June
Ruth Benedict, 1887 – American anthropologist and folklorist
Elena Piscopia, 1646 – Italian Philosopher and PhD
Laurali Rose Wright, 1939 – Canadian Author
6th June
Sarah Parker Remond, 1826 – African American Physician & Abolitionist
Eliza Orzeszkowa, 1841 – Polish Writer
Ninette de Valois, 1898 – Irish Dancer and Choreographer
7th June
Virginia Apgar, 1909 – American Anaesthesiologist
Amelia Edwards, 1831 – British Writer & Egyptologist
Elizabeth Bowen, 1899 – Irish Writer
Marion Post, 1910 – American Photographer
8th June
Charlotte Scott, 1858 – British Mathematician and Educator
Alicia Stott, 1860 – Irish Mathematician
Marguerite Yourcenar, 1903 – Belgian Novelist & Essayist
9th June
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1836 – British Physician & Feminist
Helen Marot, 1865 – American Social Reformer
Bertha von Suttner, 1843 – Austrian Nobel Peace prize winner
Phyllis Ann Wallace, Black American Economist and Activist
10th June
Hattie McDaniel, 1895 – 1st African American Oscar winner
Rebecca Latimer Felton, 1835 – 1st female American Senator
Lin Huiyin, 1904 – Chinese Architect and Writer
11th June 
Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815 – British Photographer
Millicent Fawcett, 1847 – British Suffragist and Reformer
Jeanette Rankin, 1880 – 1st woman in the US Congress
Angela Forbes, 1876 – original Forces Sweetheart
12th June
Eva Crane, 1912 – British Bee Scientist
Anne Frank, 1929 – German/Dutch Diarist
Harriet Martineau, 1802 – British Sociologist and Writer
Djuna Barnes, 1892 – American Writer and Illustrator
Margherita Hack, 1922 – Italian Astrophysicist & Activist
13th June
Chrystal Macmillan, 1872 – Scottish lawyer, feminist & pacifist
Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893 – British Writer and Humanist
Jeanne-Claude, 1935 – Moroccan Environmental Artist
14th June
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 – American Author
Margaret Bourke-White, 1904 – American Photographer
Winifred Lubell, 1914 – American Illustrator and Activist
15th June
Hilda Terry, 1914 – American Cartoonist
Margaret Ives Abbott, 1876 – American Olympic Golfer
Olga Erteszek, 1916 – Polish American Fashion Designer
16th June
Barbara McClintock, 1902 – US Nobel Prize winning Geneticist
Bessie Rayner Parkes, 1829 – British Feminist & Campaigner
Mary Katherine Goddard, 1738 – US Publisher & Postmistress
Natalia Goncharova, 1881 – Russian Avant-garde Artist
17th June
Ruth Wakefield, 1903 – US Inventor of Chocolate Chip Cookie
Susan La Flesche, 1865 – Native American Doctor & Reformer
Flora Finch, 1867 – UK/USA Actress, Comedian & Producer
18th June
Sylvia Porter, 1913 – American Economist and Journalist
Ann Mara, 1929 – US Businesswoman & “1st Lady of Football”
19th June
Laura Z. Hobson, 1900 – American Writer
Pauline Kael, 1919 – American Film Critic
Merata Mita, 1942 - Māori Film Maker and Activist
20th June
Helen Miller Shepard, 1868 – American Philanthropist
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, 1786 – French Poet
Zelda Mishkovsky, 1914 – Israeli Poet
Helena Rasiowa, 1917 – Polish Mathematician
21st June
Benazir Bhutto, 1953 – Pakistani Prime Minister
Clara Immerwahr, 1870 – German Chemist
Daisy Turner, 1883 – African American Storyteller and Poet
Mary McCarthy, 1912 – American Writer and Political Activist
22nd June
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906 – American Author & Aviator
Cicely Saunders, 1918 – British founder of the Hospice
​​Katherine Dunham, 1909 – African American Dancer, Choreographer & Activist
Octavia Butler, 1947 – African American Science Fiction Writer
23rd June
Anna Akhmatova, 1889 – Russian Poet
Winifred Holtby, 1898 - English novelist and journalist
Wilma Rudolph, 1940 – African American Athlete
24th June
Pearl Witherington, 1914 – British SOE Agent
Mary Wesley, 1912 – British Novelist
Mildred Ladner Thompson, 1918 – American Journalist
Margaret Olley, 1923 – Australian Artist
Joan Clarke, 1917 – British Linguist & cryptanalyst
25th June
Virginia Lacy Jones, 1912 – African American Librarian
Celia Franca, 1921 – Director of Canadian National Ballet
Dorothy Gilman, 1923 – American Mystery Author
26th June
Pearl S. Buck, 1892 – American Writer
Violette Szabo, 1921 -  French-British WW2 secret agent
Dorothy Fuldheim, 1893 – American Journalist & TV Anchor
27th June
Helen Keller, 1860 – US Deafblind Writer & Lecturer
Guilhermina Suggia, 1885 – Portugese Cellist
Kate Carew, 1869 – American Caricaturist and Interviewer
28th June
Maria Goeppert-Mayer, 1906 - German-American Physicist
Esther Forbes, 1891 – American Pulitzer Prize winning Author
Stefi Geyer, 1888 – Hungarian Violinist & Teacher
29th June
Virginia Pope, 1885 - American Fashion Editor
Julia Lathrop, 1858 – American Social Reformer
Yvonne Lefébure, 1898 – French Pianist and Teacher
30th June
Monica Maurice, 1908 – British Industrialist
Lena Horne, 1917 – American Singer & Civil Rights Activist
Eleanor Ross Taylor, 1920 – American Poet

Together, we are changing the world. Happy 30 Reasons Why June!

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Be a Change Agent
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Welcome to Be a Change Agent November on iTwixie!

All November long, we’re going to change things in our every day world, to make our world a better place. How? It’s easy!

WE WILL BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE!

Each of us plays a role in helping to create the world we want to see. And for girls, it’s even more important now than ever. Most of you have told us that you don’t like the stories about girls you see on TV and in the movies. You say that a lot of the time, the girls on TV and in movies aren’t like you. You tell us that you want to see more girls on TV and in movies that you can relate to; are more like you.

But you also tell us that you want to see all kinds of girls — not girls who look just like you — but girls who are dealing with the same kind of things that you are dealing with.

So, let’s do it. Let’s ask for these stories. What are they? Tell us! Speak up! Let’s talk about the things we all deal with, every day, that might make a good TV show or movie. Let’s be Change Agents!

What else do we want to change? Share those things with us, too!

Got more ideas? Tell us those, too!

Then, on November 30, we’ll award one of you the title of iTwixie Change Agent! Maybe it will be YOU! The winner will get:
- an official Day of the Girl 2016 t-shirt, signed by iTwixie’s founder, Rebecca
- a special feature on the Home Page of iTwixie in December, with an interview and picture, and
- to choose the theme for December

Have fun, girls, and show off how you can Be a Change Agent this November!

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Happy Lucky 7 Anniversary to iTwixie!
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girls can change the worldSEVEN YEARS ago, iTwixie launched this simple battle cry:

GIRLS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

It’s a revolution, for sure! So tell us:

Why did you join the iTwixie Revolution?

What do you want iTwixie to do this year?

YOU are the iTwixie Nation, girls. You are changing the world every day. YOU ROCK!

Happy Lucky 7 Anniversary to YOU!

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ALL Welcome for the UPMC Writing Contest
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Hey girls! You can still write a blog post about how a woman or a girl has made a lasting impact on history or is changing the world today. The deadline for this contest has been extended! And you could win some CASH! Just send your entry to “info@itwixie.com” by March 11, 2016! You could win 1 of 3 cash prizes! That’s right, a cash prize of $100, $50 and $25 will be given to 3 lucky kids!

Be sure to:
- keep your blog post to less than 1,000 words
- use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as your inspiration (see the quote below)
- email your entry to “info@itwixie.com” by March 11! Make sure you include: your first and last name, age, grade, school, contact name, phone number and email address of parent (Your information will NEVER be shared with anyone, anytime, apart from getting you your prize, if you are our winner! Here’s our privacy policy)

Thank you, UPMC, for this amazing contest! What a terrific way to celebrate February as Black History Month and March as Women’s History Month!

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Consider this quote from Dr. King:Cash prize listing

…this refusal to be stopped, this courage to be, this determination to go on in spite of, is the hallmark of great movements.

 

 

 

 

iTwixie is a proud member of the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania and is delighted to support this amazing contest!

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Word of the Week
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Congratulations to @makattack You successfully completed last week’s iTwixie Word of the Week Challenge! Now, just send your parent’s mailing address to “info@itwixie.com” and you’ll get a surprise within the next 30 days!

Here’s the sentence @makattack wrote using last week’s word, engineering: A lot of people use engineering to change the way we live. Like computer engineers, they can make games, create ways to help people in hospitals, and change the world.

Way to go, @makattack! Anyone interested in engineering out there? It’s a sure way to change the world! Go for it!

Here’s the new Word of the Week: stipend

How iTwixie’s Word of the Week Works:
Check with iTwixie every Wednesday morning to see who won last week’s challenge and get the new iTwixie Word of the Week. Then, take the Word of the Week Challenge! All you have to do is write a sentence in the comments section below, using the new Word of the Week. Try and write a sentence that shows what that word means to you. Get writing, girls!

 

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Vote for October Blogger of the Month
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Check out our nominees for iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month for October and VOTE! These blogger ROCK:

Check out their blogs and vote! Get your friends to vote! Get your parents to vote! Ask your teachers, your coaches, your grandparents to vote! We’ll announce iTwixie’s October Blogger of the Month next Friday. The winner will get an International Day of the Girl t-shirt! How cool is that?!?

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, we take nominations for Blogger of the Month and we will have a vote. We’ll award new winners each month. At iTwixie, we want the world to hear the voices of girls. When we listen to girls, we change the world. Sound good to you? Great! Get blogging! We want to hear what YOU have to say about everything that’s going on in your world!

Good luck, girls! Cannot wait to see who wins October Blogger of the Month, right here on iTwixie.

Tell your friends to join the iTwixie revolution! Together we can change the world.

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IDG 2015 October
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What on earth is IDG? IDG stands for the International Day of the Girl. The United Nations decided that girls are so vital to our world’s future, that we needed to set aside a global day just to celebrate girls.

Pretty cool, eh?

So all October long, let’s take a few minutes and celebrate US! How? Let’s talk about all kind of things that are important to girls, for 11 Days, leading up to October 11, the International Day of the Girl. Here are our topics for discussion for each of the 11 Days. Let’s call them the 11 Days of Action! Ready? Here you go!

Take Action Each Day of These 11 Days of Action or #11DaysofAction
October 1 – What do you do that helps girls to be successful?
October 2 - What needs to stop so girls can be successful?
October 3 - What can other girls do for girls so that girls can achieve their goals?
October 4 - What can boys do for girls so that girls can achieve their goals?
October 5 - When you hear the word girl, what do you think?
October 6 – How will the world one day be led by half girls and half boys?
October 7 – Are you a strong girl? What does that mean?
October 8 – What dreams do you have for girls?
October 9 – If you could speak at the United Nations, what would you say?
October 10 – What’s the most important thing we need to do to help girls succeed?
October 11 – Tell everyone you see Happy IDG 2015! #IDG2015

Just click on each day to add YOUR thoughts, ideas and shoutouts!

Here’s to a Happy IDG 2015! #IDG2015

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