Body Image & Wellness

Unattainable and idealized images of women’s and girls’ bodies are visible in every aspect of advertising and mass communication. Women and girls are bombarded constantly with messages that treat them as objects of sexual fantasy and exploitation or that demean them. Popular culture promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and makes women – particularly young women – susceptible to distorted body images, low self-esteem and psychological and eating disorders. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry poses increased health risks for women, including life-long disfigurement. Researchers in our network are documenting negative messaging while encouraging a healthy representation of female beauty in which intellect, creativity and character trump thinness and physical perfection.

Girls Inc Scholars Take It to the White House

By Kyla Bender-Baird

I have to admit, when I was a kid, I was convinced that I would be the first woman President of the United States.  Eventually, I abandoned that career goal but to this day am still a bit of a politics nerd.  Well, it's nice to see that the next generation of girl leaders are getting a jumpstart on civic engagement thanks to Girls IncEarlier this month, four Girls Inc National Scholars met with the First Lady's staff to discuss barriers to physical activities for girls across the U.S. Click here to view videos of the girls talking about this amazing experience.


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Girls Inc. Board of Directors Appoints Judy Vredenburgh as President and CEO

Seasoned Youth-Development Leader to Guide 145-Year-Old Nonprofit Committed to Inspiring All Girls to Be Strong, Smart, and BoldSM.

Lunch and Learn

Date/Time: 
05/12/2010

A panel discussion featuring: Jessica Arons, co-author of Sick and Tired: Working Women and Their Health, a chapter in the Shriver Report; Vicki Shabo, Director of Work & Family Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families; and Antonio E. Cheeks, a fitness motivator and personal trainer. 

Time: Noon - 1:45pm

Location: Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, 1901 L Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC

Webinar--If it feels good, do it...right?

Date/Time: 
06/16/2010

Online

Time: 12:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Presented by Amy Banks, M.D.; learn more.

Historic Meeting of Survivor-Activists on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

On March 11-12, 2010, the Ms. Foundation for Women had the honor of convening an inspiring meeting on survivor-led activism on child sexual abuse prevention. In what was one of the first times survivors have been brought together to discuss child sexual abuse prevention in a social justice context, twelve activists discussed successes, challenges, and historic moments in their field. They established exciting shared visions and first steps for realizing them in this growing social justice movement.

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What A Difference An X Makes: The State of Women's Health Research

Date/Time: 
07/16/2010

This scientific conference will highlight advances in sex differences research and its implications on health and disease.

Location: Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

The registration fee for the conference is $35 per person.

RSVP NOW! 

*For additional information, please contact Eileen Resnick at eileen@swhr.org


 

Kathryn Olson Named CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation

New York, N.Y., March 29, 2010 – The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, and a driving force in attracting girls and women to sports, better health and education, today named Kathryn Olson as the new CEO of the organization. Olson, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2005, served as chair of the Governance Committee.

The transition in leadership of the Women’s Sports Foundation is effective immediately.

2010 Annual Salute to Women in Sports

Date/Time: 
10/12/2010 - 10/13/2010

For 35 years, the Women's Sports Foundation has helped advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physcial activity. On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 the Foundation will again celebrate one of the largest nights in Women's Sports and commemorate its 31st year in thanking those athletes who've opened doors for girls following in their footsteps.

Location: Waldorf=Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022

 

For more information, contact Kerry Milhaven at 516-307-3976

Email: KMilhaven@WomensSportsFoundation.org
Website: www.WomensSportsFoundation.org/AnnualSalute
 

 

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