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).

The Basics | Appearance & Body Image | Mental Health | 
Questioning Media | Media Alternatives | Leadership & Activism | Other Organizations We Love 

The Basics 

  • Powered By Girl – online magazine for girls by girls
  • Proud2BMe – creating a world where confidence rules
  • Rookie – a great web site/online magazine for girls just trying to get through the day
  • – discussion forum and tips about pretty much everything in girls’ lives
  • Scarleteen – sex education for the real world 
  • Center for Young Women’s Health – health web site for young women
  • CareerGirls – discover your own path to empowerment through access to inspiring career role models

Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL

Appearance & Body Image

  • Makeup Tips – a beginner’s guide to eyeliner that’ll suit anyone who wants to wear it (shout-out to Kallie Johnson’s drama class at Learning Haven for the recommendation!)
  • Thick Dumpling Skin – a vibrant community for Asian Americans to share and discuss the unhealthy quest, past and present, for the “perfect” body
  • Beauty Redefined – taking back beauty for females everywhere

FAT!SO? : Because You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size

Body Wars

How I Look Journal

Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know

Real Gorgeous: The Truth about Body and Beauty

The Looks Book: A Whole New Approach to Beauty, Body Image, and Style

The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls

Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back

Mental Health

Focusing on depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

  • Face the Issue – site addressing body image, eating disorders, abuse, depression… especially for loved ones and friends of people affected by mental health issues
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) – support and information for individuals and families affected by eating disorders

Questioning Media

All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype to Celebrate Real Beauty

Media Alternatives

  • Teen Vogue: shockingly amazing now
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – pretty much every movie and all the books

The Hunger Games (Book 1)

Hunger Games Trilogy Classic [Hardcover] by SuzanneCollins

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth – second only to Hunger Games

Divergent Series Four-Book Paperback Box Set: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four

The Divergent Series 3-Film Collection [DVD]

  • 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

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Ghostbusters (2016)

Jane The Virgin, Season 1

Rookie Yearbook One

Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir

Hidden Figures

  • 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 — 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

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