No doubt, with the New Year upon us, you’re hearing lots about resolutions — probably filled with the "classics" involving dieting and/or going to the gym. While many are thinking about whittling waistlines and generally getting smaller, we're thinking bigger-- culture change-big, to be specific.
This year, our Girls Advisory Board, knowing full well that they’re not lacking in resolve, decided to make wishes for what they’d like to see happen in 2010. They’re wishes for girls, parents, and their peers. And they’d like to share them with you and ask you to share your wishes too!
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are Hardy Girls' Top 10 Wishes for 2010:
1. My wish for 2010 is for everyone to realize the importance of girls in their communities, that their ideas can change the world for the better. --Devan
2. My wish for 2010 is that girls will be less critical of themselves just because they don't fit every part of "ideal beauty." --Amelia R.
3. My wish for 2010 is that toy companies will cut the makeovers and stop making all their dolls look like bratz'ed versions of our beloved favorites. --Megan
4. My wish for 2010 is for more women to be talked about in history class because we did stuff, too! --Thalia
5. My wish for 2010 is that women will be paid equally to men. --Alyssa
6. My wish for 2010 is for more famous women to challenge narrow cultural ideas of beauty. --Ruya
7. My wish for 2010 is to see myself as a beautiful, intelligent, and worthy woman, the way my friends and family see me. I wish that all women could see this within themselves this year. --Ali Jean
8. My wish for 2010 is that more girls become aware that they are worth something, and that their lives don't need to be about makeup, boys, and popularity. --Jenn
9. My wish for 2010 is that there will be more girls involved in "guys'" sports such as football or hockey! --Amelia D.
10. My wish for 2010 is that every school will have a safe place for girls where they can be themselves and allies to one another. --Jackie
And that's just a little taste of the big dreams we're envisioning for 2010. What do you hope 2010 brings for girls and women? We'd like to hear about it! Share your wishes too!
And we hope you'll consider helping us get the ball rolling (before it drops on New Year's Eve!) by making a tax-deductible donation-- it's your last chance before the end of the year! Your dollars will go directly toward empowering girls through programming, education, and new experiences that open their eyes to a world where girls thrive.
Thank you, and Happy New Year from Hardy Girls!
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And, make your gift to support the realization of these wishes today by visiting: www.hghw.org/give