Sunday, May 10, 2009


It was my pleasure to speak with these GIRLS INC. girls about what it's like to be a writer. Even my son who tagged along (and was the only boy in the room!) had fun. They were a wonderful audience, and I can't wait to read their stories someday.

As a social worker in a previous life, I find it especially gratifying to merge writing with successful social programs. And I was thrilled to walk away with a little goodie bag that included The Girls' Bill of Rights:

Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.

Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.

Girls have the right to take risks, tho strive freely, and to take pride in success.

Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.

Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.

Girls have the right to prepare for intersting work and economic independence.

In short, Girls can do ANYTHING.

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