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Sensational September is Here!
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Let’s make this September Sensational! How?

Try answering these two questions:
1. What is one thing you can do this month that will make your world a better place?
2. What is one thing girls can do together to make our world a better place?

Tell us your first name, age and country you live in. Then we’ll get to see how we much we think alike, differently and maybe even come up with some ideas for real change. Cool, huh?

Think about it. Tell us what you think. And let’s share these ideas with each other! By the end of the month, we’ll have a huge list of things we can do to Change Our World for the better. Cannot wait to hear your ideas! We’ll share them with our friends at the Day of the Girl Summit  and get ready for the coolest day of the year for girls: The International Day of the Girl, and the Girls Speak Out at the United Nations, on October 11, 2018.

 

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Let’s Code with Lilia!

Meet Lilia Becker.

She’s a 10th grade student on a mission to expand computer coding to girls. Computing occupations are the fastest-growing, best paying, and now the largest sector of all new wages in the U.S. and she believes women’s ideas need to be heard.

She created her own site, too! Check it out:
http://www.CodewithLilia.org

Let’s learn to code with Lilia!

 

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Grateful November
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Happy Grateful November!

This month, let’s think, feel and act gratefully! Here’s how:

Think
Right now, take 20 seconds to think about 10 things that make you grateful. Try and make those things about real things, not just things you have or things that are pretty/cute. Think about really important things that matter to you and that make you feel truly grateful!

Feel
Join the iTwixie Bloggers Club and write a blog about how you feel grateful for your parent(s) or caregiver(s)! In a world where everyone’s always bashing parents, let’s turn the bus around! Let’s take a moment and express our gratitude for the people in our lives who are trying to help us grow up to be our best!

Act
Write a letter to someone who inspires you be your best, or to always try to be your best, at being YOU!

And be sure to keep checking back on iTwixie to take the Smart Girl Challenge on Mondays, Read with the brand new Parent/Daughter Book Club, and take the Word of the Week Challenge on Wednesday, and vote for Blogger of the Month, take the latest polls and much, much more!

Happy Grateful November!

Lots to come! Lots to try! All we need is to always be grateful for each other. Together, we are changing the world.

You go, girls!

 

 

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Today in History, Madeleine Albright Was Born
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Today in 1937, Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, or Marie Jana Korbelová, as she was named originally, was born. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99–0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997.

Happy Birthday, Madame Secretary!

 

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May is All About Today in History
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Welcome to Today in History May!

Each day of May, we’ll be taking a look at something historical that a woman has done. Why? Because, when we learn about the cool things women have done in our history, we get inspired. We see what WE can do. We understand that we are changing the world, every day.

Know of some cool woman who did something that you admire? Share it right here!

Here’s our first, Today in History story:

On May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, named Library of Congress’s Consultant in Poetry. Today they call people who earn this distinction a Poet Laureate. There have been 5 female poets laureate and 16 male poets laureate. Prior to 1985, they were called consultants in poetry and there were 6 female consultants in poetry by 1985 and 23 male consultants in poetry.

Gwendolyn inspired readers to think about what it really means to support human rights and the dignity of each human life. Her point of view resonates with us today. We, as a group of people on this planet, still seem to struggle with the idea of basic, human rights.

The first woman consultant in poetry was  Louise Bogan, who held the post from 1945 to 1946.

 Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

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31 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Lili Cheng
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Number 31: Microsoft’s Lili Cheng

No. 31: Microsoft's Lili Cheng

It’s something we all love to do: dream big dreams of our futures. That is what Lili Cheng did as a little girl and now she is a distinguished engineer in Microsoft’s AI & Research division. Cheng is a 20-year Microsoft veteran currently working on smart, conversational bots (the Microsoft Bot Framework). In other words, Microsoft has no intention of ceding the voice interface market to Amazon Alexa, and Cheng is charged with making that so.

And, she helped organize a two-day gathering of all things bot in New York known as Botness. And before all that, she was the director of user experience for Microsoft Windows.

Internally, she’s known as the person behind Kodu Game Lab, a game for teaching kids programming, created seven years ago.

Thank you for these 31 great examples of big dreamers, big learners and big doers, Business Insider! Here’s to an inspiration month of learning about Engineers Like You! Thanks!!!

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30 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Joyce Tung
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Number 30: 23andMe’s Joyce Tung

No. 30: 23andMe's Joyce Tung

When she was just a little girl she dreamed of her own success, just like you. And now, Joyce Tung, is vice president of research at 23andMe.

She studied and received her PhD is in biology and genetics and has a minor in computer science. So she is actually not an engineer. But she is a key player at the company that pioneered home genetic tests. Business professionals expect this to become a $10 billion industry by 2020. That’s a huge deal! This new kind of work is going to have a huge impact on how people understand their ancestry and their bodies.

Tung is leading a team of scientists responsible for the company’s research services that is beginning to influence everything from clinical treatment and drug development to insights into human development.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this amazing resource of role model engineers!

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29 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Bear Douglas
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Number 29: Slack’s Bear Douglas

No. 29: Slack's Bear Douglas

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Bear Douglas is the Developer Advocacy Lead at Slack.

Douglas just joined Slack from Twitter to help it serve and attract developers. There are already hundreds of apps that integrate with Slack but Slack is so serious about this area, it is investing in Slack-based startups.

Douglas is well-known from her time in this same role Twitter. (And Twitter poached her from doing the same job at Facebook.)

Twitter offered a service called Fabric, a tool that helps them improve their apps. She helped convince 580,000 developers to use Fabric. Twitter just sold it to Google in January.

Although her background is in anthropology, archaeologic and economics by education, she was a kid coder who self-taught herself mobile apps and has earned the respect of the dev community.

Thank you, Business Insider, for introducing these world class engineers to us!

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28 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Raji Arasu
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Number 28: Intuit’s Raji Arasu

No. 28: Intuit's Raji Arasu

When she was a little girl, she had big dreams. She was just like you. Now, Raji Arasu, is Intuit’s senior vice president of Platform and Services where she’s responsible for a global organization. Her task is to support developers and third-parties who build products that tie into Intuit’s core products. She’s the former  CTO for StubHub who earned her stripes at Oracle and eBay early in her career.

She’s also an advisory board member of Code.org, a non-profit dedicated toward training more people to code, particularly women and minorities.  And she’s on the board of federal tech service provider NIC.

Thank you, Business Insider, for helping us get to know these global superstar engineers!

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Vote for Blogger of the Month for March
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Some girls write blogs about their life. Others write poems. Some make lists of good things to do, and a bunch of girls give good advice. iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we like to give out a Blogger of the Month award to recognize your unique, awesome voices! We think the world should join us and #ListenToGirls!!! And so now it’s time to Vote for the Blogger of the Month for March!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, the iTwixie Team presents five bloggers as candidates for Blogger of the Month. And then YOU vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Check out these amazing bloggers and then vote for your fave! We’ll announce the winner next week: @levvi-dawn @twixergirl @basicallyfinella @elephantemma and @jacey0321

Vote for the March Blogger of the Month

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