June 28th, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Young Women Set to Ovathrow the Status Quo!
Contact: Heather Corinna, Founder
Company Name: The All Girl Army/The Young Feminists Project
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site address: http://www.allgirlarmy.org
- For too long, young women have been isolated from each other, pushed into groups defined by the prevailing hegemony: the Cool Asians. The Unfriendly Black Hotties. The Dykes. The Good Girls. The Sluts. Mainstream movies, books, and magazines continue to perpetuate these arbitrary divisions, convincing us it's "normal" that girls are disconnected from one another, and that any girl who is not involved in these games is not "participating." Girls who reject or question sexism, classism, and racism are "too cynical" and in "need of an attitude adjustment."
That isn't the adjustment we want to make. We're tired of being told to value our relationships with guys over our relationships with girls, that we need male attention to accomplish things. We're tired of accepting identities assigned to us, rather than exploring and inventing our own. We're tired of being kept apart to serve someone else's needs at the expense of our own.
We know that if we band together and speak out, we can enact change.
Enter the All Girl Army, at http://www.allgirlarmy.org.
- Adrienne, 18, All Girl Army Blogger
What IS the All Girl Army?
â€¢ A dynamic, online blog collective of no more than 29 women between the ages of 10 and 25, who identify as feminist and have a strong desire to create and nurture women's community, explore feminist issues and their own lives in context via creative writing and group discussion.
â€¢ An umbrella group of women of all ages, working to help support, mentor and strengthen young women and girls and their relationships with each other, to bridge gaps between older feminists and younger feminists, and to provide and enjoy women-centered space.
â€¢ A network of resources, projects and support intended to empower young women and girls, however they define their own feminism, and to support them in exploring feminism and women's issues both through their own unique lens and experiences, and via the collective lenses and experiences of other women.
â€¢ An advocacy organization which considers feminism and the rights, equality, connectivity and empowerment of all women a vital and inarguable necessity.
What's our goal?
â€¢ To increase visibility and self-representation of young women: of our lives, ideas, goals, achievements and struggles: to counteract lookism and the media's representation of young women with real voices, unscripted words and real lives. To provide a visible exploration and examination of feminism, of growing up female, by and for young women.
â€¢ To help foster a supportive, creative and proactive women's community, and nurture relationships and discussion among women of all ages; to help young women develop their feminism and autonomy with the help of women's community, and to discover that other women can be allies and sisters, not competition.
â€¢ To create and sustain a collective board of feminist women of all ages to manage the site, with a majority vote in decisions given to women under 23; to provide experience for young women in creating, organizing and managing community, advocacy and support for women.
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For more information about our mission, visit:http://www.allgirlarmy.org/what_is_the_all_girl_army
For information on our steering board and other volunteers, see: http://www.allgirlarmy.org/big_mommas_special_helpers
To read our founder's introduction to the site, go to: http://www.allgirlarmy.org/blog/heather/2006/06/welcome_to_the_all_girl_army
All of our founders, collective and young bloggers are available for interviews and statements. Contact Heather Corinna to request contacts.
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