As much as we like our own site, we'd be fools not to help you find other incredible resources out there focusing on women's empowerment! Below, find an incomplete list of some of our favorite websites, Instagram accounts, and books out there. Suggestions? Let us know!
As author, artist, and founder Jason Porath puts it, "Rejected Princesses celebrates those who did. Part art project, part standup routine, part book report, this site imagines what if we made animated musicals about the women of history and myth who refused to behave."
Porath writes and illustrates biographies of women "whose stories wouldn’t make the cut for animated kids’ movies"—Noor Inayat Khan, Ida B. Wells, Wu Zetian, and Hypatia are some examples. Porath's writing is clever and his drawings beautiful, but most importantly, they're a great way to learn about a lot of the women that have been written out of our history textbooks. He's published one book already, and is in the process of publishing a second! We can't recommend Rejected Princesses enough!
Rookie Magazine is "an independently run online magazine and book series founded in 2011 by Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson. [They] publish writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers (and their cohorts of any age!)." Each month, a different editorial theme guides the content published, and the staff published a book each year with exclusive content as well as republished work from the website. Known for encouraging honest and open conversations about real problems real teenage girls face (how do I support a friend whose parents are divorcing? what do I do about razor bumps?), Rookie's eclectic mix of blog posts, video content, and artwork makes a comfortable home for girls all around the world.
Leanin.org was founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in 2013 following the release of her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Lean In uses three approaches to tackle gender bias in the workplace: peer groupings, public awareness, and education. The peer groupings, called circles, are "small peer groups that meet regularly to learn and grow together." The public awareness happens through annual public campaigns, "focused on a topic that is critical to advancing women—like the importance of encouraging girls to lead, the crucial role men play in getting to equality, and the amazing things women accomplish when they support each other." The education all takes place on the website, with over 50 videos by experts helping both women and men learn how to be better workplace allies.
Something important to note is that while Sandberg's book gained commercial success, it was also met with criticism from both women in tech, as well as women of color, for being a "faux feminist" work. For one example, you can read bell hooks' criticism here.
HeForShe is a campaign started by UN Women in collaboration with Emma Watson, with the goal to encourage men and boys to join the conversation and take action around issues of gender inequity. It was founded on the idea that gender inequity does not only negatively effect women, whether it be socially, economically, or politically, and that men and boys should be involved in the movement for gender equality. They offer quick lessons in how to address gender inequality on their website, from calling out peers who use "like a girl" derogatorily, or how to be an "active bystander." They've also published their Impact 10x10x10 report shows the potential effects of HeForShe's education campaigns, and how getting men more actively involved in the movement has the potential to radically and rapidly change lives across the globe.
Watson's speech introducing HeForShe to the UN General Assembly rung true for women around the world, as she asked men to join a conversation and movement that they need as much as women do. She asks herself a question we should all ask ourselves: "if not me, who? If not know, when?"
She's the First
Almost a quarter of young women aged 15-24 today (116 million) in developing countries have not completed primary school.
When a girl has a high school diploma in a developing country, her horizons grow exponentially. With each additional year of schooling she has, she earns a 20% higher salary. She is less likely to become a child bride, is more likely to have healthier children who live longer, and who are also more likely to grow up to go to school themselves.
She's the First is an organization pushing to better the rates of education among women globally. "STF supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school and trains students everywhere to be global citizens" by providing scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, mentorship opportunities for academic and emotional support, "uniforms, shoes, healthy food, and medicine," and boarding fees. Their goal is to get their scholars through to graduation, and as of 2017, "She’s the First will have sponsored more than 850 girls across eleven countries."
NASA's Women in Science
"We celebrate women in STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) both acknowledged and unknown, for their role in the exploration of the world and Universe around us.
The history of women's contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is long and varied. But it has also often been overlooked or underrepresented. This series highlights only a very few of the women who have made important discoveries and have had a crucial impact on STEM fields. This, however, is not just a look into the past. Today, women are in every STEM discipline, in every type of job, and represent the widest range of background and experiences."