Reclaim Her Safe Space

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

Redefine Your Stereotype

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

Insights into “Women’s Work” and Men

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

Relevant Reblog: Who Will Your Daughters Become? …Heroes!

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For the month of October we have been sharing with you the need for black women mentors for your daughters. And here they are! Your very own collection of women heroes, and mentors, for you daughters to grow, dream, and inspire to become! Continue reading

Men, Your Girls Need You, Too!

This Saturday, Polished Pebbles is hosting our annual Daddy Daughter Dance at Donoghue Charter School. We use this day to celebrate the important role of men in our young girl’s lives. We know that not all young women have father’s present at home, so we host a non-traditional Daddy Daughter Dance. You can bring your brother, uncle, friend, or no man at all. We have wonderful men who are volunteering their time to accompany the girls who attend our Daddy Daughter Dance. Continue reading

More Than a Month: Celebrating the Importance of Black History

From February 1 to February 28 we will be celebrating Black History Month in the United States. Since 1976, as a nation we have taken time to acknowledge the achievements of black Americans. Each year, a theme and this year’s theme is the “Crisis in Black Education” (ASALH). Although controversy exists around the presence of Black History Month, what isn’t controversial is the acknowledgement that black history should not be contained to 28 days. Continue reading

Networking for Mentors: Coffee Conversations

Today we are asking you to join a supportive group of colleagues and mentors working towards positive change in their communities. Kelly Fair and guests will be discussing the importance of community servant leadership and building a rejuvenating network of support. Come and learn with us either in person or through Facebook Live! This is your time to network and engage with community leaders. Continue reading

Healthy Living: A Community Divide

At the start of a new year, many people turn their attention towards creating healthy habits. We all know what this entails: fresh, whole foods and exercise. While it sounds simple to eat more vegetables and to spend more time outside, it is not always such an easy process. Our access to fresh foods and outdoor space is greatly determined by our neighborhoods. Continue reading