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Girl Dignity
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Your Girl Dignity is yours. It’s yours to keep, protect and celebrate. It’s made up of your idea of who you are and your potential for greatness. You have a unique purpose in this world and no one else can be you. You rock.

So here are ways to preserve your Girl Dignity:

1. Walk Tall – Hold your head high and keep working hard to get better at the things you do well. Nothing helps to unleash our girl power more than when we do what we do really well. So work hard and be proud of what you do!

2. Spend Your Time with Girl Dignity Peeps – When people try to put you down, stop spending time with them. If someone asks for a nude picture of you, say NO WAY and avoid them. When people use negative language about you or anyone else or gossip, walk away. Don’t let anyone chip away your Girl Dignity

3. Smile – That great feeling you get when you smile is full of Girl Dignity. So smile into the mirror and smile back. Smile at your Girl Dignity peeps and they’ll smile back at you.

Dignity is not about popularity, being the best or winning every competition. Dignity is the amazing feeling we each have within ourselves because we are working on the best we can be. So work hard, be proud and enjoy unleashing the power of your Girl Dignity!

Does this help you feel powerful and all about celebrating your Girl Dignity?

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You are Created Equal
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At iTwixie, we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all girls and boys are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

We borrow this simple truth from the Declaration of Independence, and alter it ever-so-slightly to specifically include girls and boys, and not just specify men.

We share it today to inspire YOU.

You are endowed by your Creator the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Do you feel it? Is anything standing in your way? Tell us right here!

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You Can Win the Word of the Week Challenge
iTwixie Word of the Week

Congratulations, @veronique! You are our Word of the Week Challenge Winner! Way to go! Now, just send your parent’s mailing address to info@itwixie.com within the next 30 days, and we’ll send you a PRIZE! How cool is that?

Here’s @veronique‘s sentence using individuality, our Word of the Week from last week: Individuality is a great gift given to every one. Embrace your individuality!!!

Way to go, @veronique!

This week’s word is: creativity. In tennis, each player has to use creativity to counter her opponent’s plays on the court. She has to think fast and act.  Won’t you join the Girls Tennis Network Club, right here on iTwixie, for more cool ways to enjoy playing tennis?

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How iTwixie’s Word of the Week Challenge Works

Check with iTwixie every Wednesday at 9 am Eastern Time to see who won last week’s challenge and get the new word for this week. Then just write a sentence in the comments section below. All week long, we’ll collect your sentences and we’ll use a random drawing to select a winner by the following Wednesday morning, at 9 am. The winner will get a cool prize! It’s that easy!

Good luck, girls!

 

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WNBA Fitness Pledge & Tip
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Do you know what the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) is? We are HUGE fans… and now you can be, too! Check out their “Get Fit” pledge. Will U take it? Just send in a “yes” comment to show that you are IN!

 Basketball – Chest Pass Tip – Develop MORE Power and Speed

- Stand up, holding a basketball at chest height
- Draw in your abs. Lock in your core
- Powerfully push the ball away from your chest towards a wall, 10 feet away
Catch the ball at chest height
Repeat 10 times.

Thank you, WNBA, for this incredible tip and for your kewl pledge! iTwixie girls, are we in or what?

Source: NBA/WNBA Fit

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What Movies Pass Bechdel?
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The Bechdel Test is a simple test which uses three questions to evaluate movies:
(1) Does the movie have at least two females in it?
(2) Do these two female characters speak each other?
(3) When these two female characters speak with each other, is it about anything besides a male?

The test was invented by Alison Bechdel.

Seems easy, right?

Well, jot your list of movies right here and let’s see if they pass the Bechdel Test!

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Take the Word of the Week Challenge
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Congratulations, @koalabunny!  You are the winner for iTwixie’s Word of the Week Challenge! Woot woot! Way to go! Your sentence using legion, last week’s word, ROCKED! Here it is:

Hello! I’m Abby and I’m new to iTwixie. I’m so glad I joined the iTwixie legion because it’s so great on here!

We agree! iTwixie IS a legion of amazing girls and now YOU are part of this very special group of girls! We are so happy you are here! Now just send in your parent’s mailing address and we’ll send you a cool prize. Pretty cool, right? But get your address to us within the next 30 days, ok? Don’t delay! Let’s all welcome and congratulate @koalabunny!

Here’s the word for this week’s iTwixie Word of the Week Challenge: robust. Robust means strong, bold and healthy. 

How iTwixie’s Word of the Week Challenge Works
Check with iTwixie every Wednesday at 9 am Eastern Time to see who won last week’s challenge and get the new word for this week. Then just write a sentence in the comments section below. All week long, we’ll collect your sentences and we’ll use a random drawing to select a winner by the following Wednesday morning, at 9 am. The winner will get a cool prize! It’s that easy!

Good luck, girls!

 

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Word of the Week: Girlpower
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Congratulations, @alise!  You won last week’s iTwixie Word of the Week Challenge! Here’s the sentence that @alise wrote, using last week’s Word of the Week, girlpower:

When you really act like yourself and aren’t afraid to, you’re not only having courage, you’re having girlpower!

For the last week of Girl Power October, our Word of the Week will be: girlpower. C’mon, girls! Tell the world what girlpower means to YOU! Let’s see if we all can agree that iTwixie girls have lots of GIRLPOWER!

How iTwixie’s Word of the Week Challenge Works
Check with iTwixie every Wednesday at 9 am Eastern Time to see who won last week’s challenge and get the new word for this week. Then just write a sentence in the comments section below. All week long, we’ll collect your sentences and we’ll use a random drawing to select a winner by the following Wednesday morning, at 9 am. The winner will get a cool prize! It’s that easy!

You can do it, girls! Remember, whenever you win, you get a cool prize. So let’s see those sentences! If you have won the Word of the Week challenge before, be sure to send your parent’s mailing address to info@itwixie.com so you can get your prize. You must do that within 30 days of winning so don’t delay! Way to go @alise!

Good luck, girls!

 

 

 

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Get the Word of the Week
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Congratulations, @star45!  You won last week’s iTwixie Word of the Week Challenge! Here’s the sentence that @star45 wrote this week that @iTwixieAdmin used to incorporate last week’s word, exemplify: @star45 exemplifies friendship because she advocates for her best friend when her friend is upset.

Here’s the word for this week’s iTwixie Word of the Week Challenge: girlpower. Girlpower means whatever it means to you! You go girls, write a sentence that shows your girlpower!

How iTwixie’s Word of the Week Challenge Works
Check with iTwixie every Wednesday at 9 am Eastern Time to see who won last week’s challenge and get the new word for this week. Then just write a sentence in the comments section below. All week long, we’ll collect your sentences and we’ll use a random drawing to select a winner by the following Wednesday morning, at 9 am. The winner will get a cool prize! It’s that easy!

You can do it, girls! Remember, whenever you win, you get a cool prize. So let’s see those sentences! If you have won the Word of the Week challenge before, be sure to send your parent’s mailing address to info@itwixie.com so you can get your prize. You must do that within 30 days of winning so don’t delay! Way to go @star45!

Good luck, girls!

 

 

 

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The Girls Speak Out Changed Me
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My mom had gotten me ready to here some tough stuff this year. She said that the Girls Speak Out this year wasn’t so much about how girls changed a situation in their community, like last year, but that this year, the Speak Out was all about giving us a chance to hear true stories by real girls around the world. These stories were performed as little plays, poetry readings and song. As the performances continued, I started feeling more and more anxious. How could these stories be true? The whole time I just wanted to help or comfort each girl, or make an announcement to the world saying “Stop! Stop treating girls so poorly!”

I started to wonder if I could have the guts and confidence that these girls have: could I stand up if something that horrifying happened to me? If I had been raised to think that I couldn’t get an education because I was a girl, or if I had to serve and not speak because I was a girl? I don’t know if I could have done that, but these girls had the courage and they did.

I sat at the Speak Out and thought about all of this. And then the girl with muscular dystrophy stood up to say that she dreams of a day when her story could be told and that girls with disabilities could be part of the everyday story. The whole time, I wanted to go over there and be her friend. Treat her normally and listen to all she had to say. And then she said the thing that caused us all to stand: she said that girls with disabilities are STRONGER than other girls because of everything they have to overcome every day. She is completely right. Because she stood there with a smile, in front of over 500 people, and talked about what made her sad, happy and scared. She stood up and told all of us that she knew that she was stronger than most of us. And I looked at her and I thought, you are so right.

That’s when I decided that I would try to help every girl I know to understand that we are fantastic just the way we are. We don’t need to bully others or put each other down when we are sad about the stuff in our lives, or wear layers of makeup. We need to have each others backs at all times. At the end of the day, there’s no better advocate for change than a girl. When we trust in girls, we get their very best. And that’s why I’m helping every girl I know to be her best. And that’s why I am encouraging every girl in my school to speak up and be heard! We are all here for each other and together, we really can change the world.

I loved this year’s Speak Out. It felt personal and real, and really touched me on a deep level. I cannot wait to get moving on making this world better, starting with my own hometown in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Do you have a girlpower story? How did you celebrate the Day of the Girl? Send your ideas, thoughts and experiences in to info@itwixie.com, and we’ll publish them. You could win a Day of the Girl t-shirt!

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You Are Invited to the Girls Speak Out
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Calling all iTwixie girls, over 13! Join us for the 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out at the United Nations! Just have your parent click here to register you and your family!

Place: ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, NY, NY
(entrance at 47th Street and 1st Avenue)

Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
(plan to arrive by 2:15-2:30)

Date: Friday, October 10th

What is the Girls Speak Out?
The Day of the Girl Summit is proud to bring over 500 girls together for performances by girls, for girls, of the struggles, challenges and amazing ways girls have handled adversity. Some of the stories, songs, poetry and  dance, depict topics such as violence against girls, child marriage and eating disorders, so please talk to your parent to make sure you are ready for these kinds of discussions. It will be a moving and unforgettable multi-media presentation at the United Nations, that shines the light on the solidarity of girls around the world.

Join us for this extraordinary celebration of the International Day of the Girl #IDG2014

Hope to see you there! Just grab a parent and  click here to register! Add your voice to this powerful group of change makers.

Don’t forget to sign up to receive the latest news and updates on the Summit and #IDG2014.

 

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