The crisis continues for black girls in our school system. We have spoken repeatedly about girls of color needing our support in school and out of school in our communities. The most recent report from National Women’s Law Center tells us why. Continue reading
Polished Pebbles was featured in the May edition of The Columbia Chronicle. The article, “Guiding Girls” (pg. 20-21) was written by Esther Bell and Zoë Haworth. Continue reading
This year, we had the opportunity to work with a group of women in Texas. For their final event of the year, they spent time with ThoughtWorks as they learned about the technology industry and competed in a mock production competition. Continue reading
Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program strives to prepare our girls to not only be effective in the workplace, but also be supportive friends. Continue reading
Kelly Fair’s interview with Kasmer Quinn on “Be Relevant”. Continue reading
Last Saturday, Polished Pebbles hosted its April Second Saturday event with GirlTrek. They lead a walking tour around Bronzeville to teach our girls the history of the neighborhood and its importance to the city. Which has lead us to ask you, “How much do you know about Bronzeville”? Continue reading
Last Wednesday, our nation was shook when it was announced that 14 black and latina girls had gone missing in one day in Washington D.C. Although this news turned out to be misinterpreted, it brings an important conversation to the table.
Do the lives and struggles of young girls of color go unnoticed?
By now many of you may have seen the National Women’s Law Center video for the Let Her Learn campaign. Many schools are not safe spaces for young women of color. As you saw in the video, many young, black girls are unfairly and unjustly treated by school policies and officials. Is this to say all schools support policies based on racist and sexist stereotypes? No! But these are not isolated incidents and the trend cannot be ignored. Continue reading
Although stereotypes are formed from ignorance, they have a way of sticking around. Like labels, they become false defining features of groups of people. Some of us spend our lives trying to shake these definitions and defy stereotypes. While it is hard to lump all women into one group as there are so many diversities, differences, and intersecting identities making up each individual woman, there are consistent stereotypes. Continue reading
During March, Women’s History Month, there is a lot of focus on gender equality. People are analyzing the role of women in history and in current society. There is usually a focus on the workforce, especially the pay gap. There is a lot of pride in the growing number of women entering STEM fields, which is definitely deserving of celebration!
However, we don’t always pay attention to the stereotypically women’s career choices and men entering those fields. Continue reading