Educate and empower yourself with these books, organizations, websites, and more.
We hand-pick each link, book, or movie, and only post them if they are in line with our mission. (We do not trade links without approving the site or product).
- Rookie – archive of a great web site/online magazine for girls just trying to get through the day
- Scarleteen – sex education for the real world
- CareerGirls – discover your own path to empowerment through access to inspiring career role models
Appearance & Body Image
- Thick Dumpling Skin – a blog for and by Asian Americans to share and discuss the unhealthy quest, past and present, for the “perfect” body
Focusing on depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
- National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) – support and information for individuals and families affected by eating disorders
- Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women – Every older teen (like 17-18) should see this film. Also frequently available through libraries on the Kanopy app.
- Body Typed – 3 short films on media and physical perfection
- Feminist Frequency – strongly advocates for the just treatment of all people online and believes that media is an essential tool for eradicating injustice
- Beyond Beats and Rhymes – a documentary about the messages in hip-hop and rap
- Cover Girl Culture – a documentary film that interviews editors of Teen Vogue and Elle magazines, and takes a hard look at the fashion industry
- Teen Vogue: one of the best teen news websites (used to be a fashion magazine!)
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – pretty much every movie and all the books
- Divergent by Veronica Roth – second only to Hunger Games
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter: novel about a Mexican-American girl in Chicago dealing with depression and the conflicts with her immigrant parents’ values
- Bitch magazine – feminist response to pop culture: a print magazine and excellent web site
- Common Sense Media – express your opinion on your favorite media for other teens and their adults to see
Leadership & Activism
- SPARK Movement — A girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media
- Guerrilla Girls — An anonymous group of badasses who has successfully protested gender and racial inequality in the art world for many years
Other Organizations We Love
- Girls Leadership – workshops to equip girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice
- Girls Rock Camp – rock camps in various parts of the U.S.
- Hollaback – together we have the power to end harassment
- Alliance For Girls – has a list of girl-serving organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Reel Stories – filmmaking for girls in the San Francisco Bay Area