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Monday, February 16, 2009

Disrespect for Helen Thomas Speaks Loudly

A big thank you to my friends at the Women’s Media Center who drew my attention to the February 9 segment of “The O’Reilly Factor,” during which host Bill O’Reilly mocked award-winning long-time White House Press Corps member Helen Thomas.

In the clip, you'll see O’Reilly and two other male hosts calling Thomas names like “The Wicked Witch” and making fun of her voice. It's a sad, sad day for girls in our country when accomplished professional women like Thomas are not given the respect they have rightfully earned.

Helen Thomas is a pioneering woman journalist: first female member of the National Press Club, first female member (and then first female president ) of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and first female member of the Gridiron Club. She's a professional and a class act, a great example to girls and young women who are interested in becoming journalists.

The fact that she was mocked for her appearance, age, and voice on national TV is a disgrace. It underscores the messages that our daughters get every day from popular culture: if you're female, how you look is more important than what you do. Girls don't need this negative message.

That's why, as parents, we should click here and add our voices to the growing number of people who are calling on Bill O'Reilly to apologize to Helen Thomas. Add your voice and tell your daughter why this matters to you. It will send her the strong positive message that you value females for their accomplishments, not their appearance.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Girl Scouts Help Keep Girls Safe Online

It's great to see that Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Microsoft to launch LMK (“Let Me Know”), a new place online where teen girls can talk to each other about the important issues of online safety, predators and cyberbullying.

My daughters and I were all Girl Scouts, and I'm a huge admirer of their tireless efforts on behalf of girls around the world. LMK is working to remedy the “digital gap” between teen girls and their parents. As we all know, it can be difficult to keep our kids safe online when they understand more of the technology than we do.

In addition to the Web site for teen girls, there is also a terrific site for parents which features content from the girls and helps explain to parents the real dangers girls are encountering on the Web.

GSUSA and Microsoft hope that the sites will be a powerful new tool for girls and their parents to combat online predators and dangerous situations, and I do, too! If you check them out, please let me know what you think.

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In Lifting the Weight Over Size Abby Ellin talks about the harmful messages parents can give daughters about body image, and how to stop it together! Virginia Beane Rutter identifies why girls care so much about their hair in The Power of Her Hair.

Do you ever worry about your daughter in school? Joe Kelly and Andy Steiner give some great tips and information about how you can help your girls in Dads In School Front Lines and Helping Her Weather the Middle School Transition.

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Start this week at New Moon Girls by reading all about pets! Raising Her Sights, Adventures in Cowgirling, Horses in My Heart and Voice Box: Animal Rights are some great articles to get you and your girl talking! Be sure to check New Moon Girls every week for new exciting girl-created content!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cotton Candy to the Rescue

As someone with a lifelong sweet tooth, I loved the pink, fluffy sweet stuff of cotton candy as a girl, as did my daughters. Although all three of us much prefer chocolate for our sweet these days, we were delighted to see that cotton candy is being used in medical research to create new methods of breast reconstruction.

According to the Associated Press, doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center have been relying on cotton candy to create “a network of blood vessels within laboratory-grown bone, skin, muscle or fat for breast reconstruction.”

Talk about great news. Like most women my age, I have quite a few friends who are fighting breast cancer. I’m always excited to hear about new weapons for their arsenal, and it adds a little fun to know that my favorite pink sweet is part of the fight, too. The next time you buy the stuff (or have to scrub it off a sticky child), don’t forget it’s a new partner in the quest for breast health.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mom in Chief

Here at New Moon, we’ve been delighted by the arrival of the Obamas and their young daughters to the White House. Our staff and girl members are excited to see what changes, initiatives and improvements the Obamas will strive to make in the lives of girls and women. I'm particularly excited about Michelle Obama, whose leadership and presence helped strongly define her husband’s campaign. While some previous First Ladies have taken a passive approach to their role, I was hopeful that Mrs. Obama would take an activist stance on issues that matter to her.

In the scant three weeks since the Inauguration, Mrs. Obama has not disappointed. She's advocated for the new administration's policy priorities, from economic stimulus to the enacting of the Lilly Ledbetter pay-equality law for women (FINALLY!). I can’t wait to see what she supports next! Read all about her first initiatives here: