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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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Day of the Girl Summit 11 Days of Action
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First Day of Action: Girls everywhere: READY, SET, ENGAGE!

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls works to help girls participate in all of the building blocks that make up the world around them. Whether it’s in your school, the state government, an international organization, or International Day of the Girl, we want you to be involved, active, and heard.

Help us kick off the 11 Days of Action 2014 by telling us what you’re capable of doing. Complete one of the following sentences right here on iTwixie and on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

“I’m a girl and I can…” OR “I’m a girl and I will…”

Use the hashtag #GirlsEngage or mention @CAG_org to be part of the conversation.
Maybe you can be president. Maybe you can win the science fair. Or maybe you can use your voice to let the world know that girls are powerful, smart, and capable of sparking meaningful, long-lasting change. What can YOU do?

Get involved, get loud, and celebrate the unique power of girls!
This could be the start of something BIG!

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Spread the Word
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Do you know a girl who seems like she could use a boost or some inspiration or a place where she can feel safe and part of something really good and big? Tell her about iTwixie!

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Let’s help ALL girls dream big and feel special and inspired. We are all part of the iTwixie Nation!

So help spread the word and let’s be heard! It’s a revolution and YOU are the reason why iTwixie keeps growing and growing. Girls like you are telling more girls like you and we are all learning that we are more alike than we might have thought. And that is pretty cool.

How can YOU spread the word about the iTwixie revolution? Tell us your ideas, right here! Together we are changing the world :)

 

 

 

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Do This for International Women’s Day
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Happy International Women’s Day! Do this:

1. Tell your BFF that she is powerful, smart and bold. She is! She is much more than just pretty or beautiful!

2. Look in the mirror and say to yourself, “You are powerful, smart and bold.” You are! You are much more than just pretty or beautiful!

3. Hug your mom, grandmother, aunt or special woman in your life and tell them that they are powerful, smart and bold. They are! Women are much more than just pretty or beautiful!

Did you get a great big smile right back at you? Happy International Women’s Day!

 

 

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Take Action February
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This February, let’s join together and Take Action. Here’s how:

This February, we’re showing the world that girls rock. We’ll make a postivie impact on our BFFs right here, on iTwixie, our communities, our nations and our world. Here’s how:

All month long you’ll get incredibly opportunities to change the world, like:
• Partnering with our BFFs from Day of the Girl Summit to work on a few projects for Girls’ Rights
• Writing your BFFs a Valentine Poem
• Sending a Friendship Bracelet to another girl somewhere in the world
• Voting for Blogger of the Month
• Sharing tips on how to be safe online
• Nominating each other for BeYOUtiful Tween for February

And so much more! Got ideas? Let’s hear ‘em!

And don’t forget to play RIBBIT - what’s YOUR high score? I want to beat it!

Happy TAKE ACTION February!

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