EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN

Professor Kay E. Vandergrift

The websites identified here are a sampling of those that celebrate the empowerment of young females in a variety of activities and disciplines. They have in common their recognition that gender is not an impediment to accomplishment.

Expect the Best from a Girl. That's What you'll get. This site is developed at Mount Holyoke College to explore differences in EXPERIENCE and expectation that account for many of the differences in choices and PERFORMANCE.

A Girl's World Online Clubhouse Launched in June of 1996, A Girl's World Online Clubhouse has among several goals: To encourage and empower 7-17 year old girls to become active contributors, not passive consumers of media and the Internet.

Not So Wild A Dream See and hear scientists, teachers and young people, who have turned and are turning their dreams into exciting careers and opportunities, when they decided that was what they wanted to do with their lives.

Girl Geeks This site continues to encourage women to develop their careers in technology among other things.

Encyclopedia of Women's History The About network consists of hundreds of Guide sites neatly organized into 23 channels. The sites cover more than 50,000 subjects with over 1 million links to the best resources on the Net and the fastest-growing archive of high quality original content.

Girl Tech An opportunity for girls to read about and communicate with each other. Nice emphasis on providing women as examples of achievement in various categories.

Teensforum.com Community for teens to talk about relationships, etc.

Girl Power A site to encourage and motivate young women toward creative self-expression, specifically through writing.

Women of NASA The Women of NASA resource was developed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology.

Women in World History Curriculum Interactive site full of information and resources about women's experiences in world history. For teachers, teenagers, parents, and history buffs.

Teen Voices Online The original magazine written by, for, and about teenagers.

Women Athlete Profiles Short profiles are of women or teams who had interesting stories behind their quest for a medal.

4000 Years of Women in Science This site lists over 125 names from our scientific and technical past. They are all women!

WWW Women's Sports Page One of the largest collections of links to sites on women in sports.

Voices of Youth-UNICEF Through Voices of Youth, you can take part in an electronic discussion about the future as we face the 21st century.

National Women's Hall of Fame Mini-Biographies of 125 Remarkable Women are provided here.

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II. Written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.

Kristi Yamaguchi Web Page A detailed website on ice-skating star Kristi Yamaguchi.

National Women's History Project Everything you need for an easy and successful Women's Equality Day program at work, in your community, or for your organization is available by mail from the National Women's History Project.

Girl Wise Melpomene The nonprofit organization bearing Melpomene's name was established in 1982 and is dedicated to educating people about the relationship between women's health and physical activity.

Women of NASA Webchat Discussion participants may include students, teachers, and others interested in gender equity and/or specific topics relating to particular fields of study and work in which the Women of NASA engage.

New Moon Magazine By contrast, New Moon challenges stereotypes by accepting girls as they are, listening to them, and honoring their diverse experience and dreams.

Teen Wire teenwire.com is the leading Web site for teens needing information about sexual health.

Dream/Girl Magazine A magazine for girls to provide girls with the most informative and interesting Arts and Literary information around.

Girls Incorporated Girls Incorporated is a national youth organization dedicated to helping every girl become strong, smart and bold

Troom A very technically slick commercial site (Tampax) that answers questions raised by girls and offers space for conversations.

AdiosBarbie Provides a multicultural outlook on body image.

MS Foundation for Women The MS Foundation program is to help prevent problems before they take root, by making girls' developmental issues widely known and understood, and by generating support for programs through which girls stay healthy, strong, and resilient.

Gender Equity for Girls Promoting gender equity for women and girls in vocational techinal education. Referring links to great sites for all girls and women.

Distinguished Women A collection of writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers and others.

Cybergrrl A useful, comic, and very practical listing of information on issues of concern to girls. Includes a search engine.

Feminist Majority Foundation Online The Feminist Majority and The Feminist Majority Foundation are committed to empowering women and winning equality through research, the sharing of information of value to feminists everywhere, and effective action.

Young Feminists in NOW Designed as an approach to issues of critical importance to young women.

The Go Grrrls program is a research-based primary prevention program for adolescent girls. It was developed over eight years of research and experience in working with adolescent girls. The Go Grrrls program is designed to help girls develop a lifelong perspective about living as a female in society and can provide a lasting base of information for girls transitioning from adolescent to adult life.

Created September 4, 1997 and is continuously revised