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MARCH 8, 2012 11:12AM

About Leadership and Girls

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 This morning I received this message in my email. I invite you to become a part of this movement. It is essential for women and girls, and the girls are our future. We need to show them that they can become leaders. The damage of the media that we are all saturated with has shown us the destruction of our own self images. Those strong enough to fight the influences are now hopefully growing in number. Teach your children well, teach them that they are strong and that they can be leaders. Teach them the falsehoods of the media and how to circumvent the role that it wishes us to play.
If we are committed to this, we can grow change elsewhwere. Women are leaders. We need to continue to throw off the stereotypes that some are so eager for us to wear. Enjoy reading, watching the video and then sign up and share.
Happy International Women's Day. 
Miss Representation.Org 

Dear Sheila, 
It shouldn't surprise us to witness today the tremendous power of women as change agents. From revolutions in the Middle East, to online campaigns in America, women are at the forefront of social change. And this International Women's Day in particular we want to celebrate that voice. Your voice! 

Last week's treatment of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who was publicly attacked and demeaned by radio host Rush Limbaugh, reminds us of how difficult it can be for smart, talented women to make themselves heard above the oppressive regimes of institutional sexism and media stereotypes in America. It also reminds us of how inspiring it can be when women do stand up to and overcome the powers that be.

Every woman has her own story of overcoming oppression and misrepresentation; yet throughout history the media has suppressed, twisted, and often ignored the words of women. Now, however, utilizing social media and other tools, we can write, collect and share stories on our own.

Ladies (and all of you men who care about women), your voice counts. This International Women's Day tell us about a time when you or a loved one were personally challenged by a misrepresentation. Take action this week by reflecting on how strong you or they really are. Post your stories on our Tumblr page or e-mail us directly. We will use your stories to inspire more women to transcend stereotypes and become leaders in 2012!

As a way to expand this conversation online and encourage even more of you to speak up, we are releasing a video today, in partnership with, about healthy media choices and the need to further value women and girls. Please click on the image below to watch, and then post it to your Twitter and Facebook pages with a message asking others to send in their stories!

 As always, we are incredibly grateful for your support and passion for this cause. Your ongoing efforts to spread the word make it possible for entire communities to see this film, process it, amplify women and girls' voices, and effect real change. You have made this campaign itself an example of the value of women, and you remind us daily of the power of all of us united behind this common cause.

Today alone Miss Representation will screen in over 25 locations around the world - from Azerbaijan to Singapore to the World Bank in Washington D.C. Thousands will be touched by the film's messaging and will join the campaign before tomorrow morning. 

Thank you for demonstrating leadership in supporting and for your commitment to being a change agent in our culture.

Now let's go rewrite herstory. Happy International Women's Day!


Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The team 
Copyright 2012 by SheilaTGTG55 

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Enjoy and take heart in knowing that women are on the move.
I just watched the video and it kind of matches mine today. Let;s hope these girlsl rise up the stats.
Thank you, Sheila, and happy International Women's Day to you!. Now off to watch the video.
Cool! Thanks for posting!
Linda: That is great.

Fusun: Happy International Women's Day, my post yesterday was the preamble.

Wren: Thanks for your visit!
The young women are VERY fired up. And some young men, also. A good thing.
Amy: Thank you for your visit.
Sheila and Linda,
Ladies, I watched the videos on your posts this morning and all I can say is keep after it. Everybody needs to see this stuff. You'd think we'd be further along at this point in the 21st century , but what can I say... a whole lot of men and even some women are just frightened boneheads.
Jmac: You are absolutely right.
Excellent post, thanks you.
Desdamona: Thank you for reading.
Sheila, thank yoou, gal! What a great post, movement, idea, and impetus. I esp. love the last line -- "Remember - You are the lead character in the story of your life." Great stuff. Like Don Miguel Ruiz *(The 4 Agreements) says, we are all in our own movie; we are the Producer, the Director, and the Star. And I think on this when I become frustrated. What do I want to project, purport, and how do I get to the benign place, inside, that will facilitate projecting - just that? And it is, indeed, by the Ownership of your Self. My chin was a bit down, but now, it's back up. Thanks, doll, and a Rate for Honor.
By nature women are equipped to make decisions for groups of people. Now that, is a trait for leadership. More importantly, men are better than women in following orders. So there is your women's leadership. Now take religion out of the social norm and the chances for women leaders will increase exponentially. Happy International Women's Day to you, Sheila. R
I saw the trailor for Miss Representation and it looks amazing! I will take heart - thank you!
Songbird: Glad this was a good read for you. I am sharing it widely and hoping it gives strength to those who need it to make a difference in their own lives and others.

Thoth: Thank you! That was a great leadership analysis too.

Razzle: This is such a great piece on leadership and I encourage you to grasp all that is good from it and pass it on!
More power to all women and to you my friend.
scanner: Thank you. My wish is for a better world, one where women's equality to men is recognized.
The female members of the Georgia legislature walked out today to protest 2 bills their male counterparts passed, without welcoming input by the women, that restrict access to abortion and contraception. We've got a ways to go, but now the world knows these women aren't afraid to call out the men.
Phyllis: I am proud of those women, thank you for sharing that with us all.
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Algis: Thanks for visiting!
I thought about you and wondered what monumental task you had undertaken to honor the day...I knew you'd have something special to share. :)
Thanks for the excellent video. I'll pass it on and cross my fingers that it gets there.
Fay: Thanks for stopping by!