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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kaelyn Rich's Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution is a practical, highly detailed how-to for girls who want to be part of (or lead) a grassroots social justice campaign. The book covers everything from how to pick a cause and create a campaign plan to organizing a rally, lobbying officials, writing presses releases, finding volunteers, and running effective meetings. A must read for every teen activist.
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What's the story?
Each chapter of GIRLS RESIST! offers readers not only a call to action but also detailed ideas and tips for achieving their goals. "Creating (and Crushing) Your First Campaign Plan" shows how to pick a cause and then find the people and resources they'll need to get started. "Protesters, Petitions, and Taking Action" outlines tactics such as marches, rallies, petitions, digital organizing, and lobbying. In "Media, Messaging, and Talking the Talk," readers learn about creating a slogan, writing and submitting press releases, and tips for doing a great interview. Since every campaign needs money, there's a chapter entitled "Fundraise for the Girl Revolution." How to enlist and support volunteers, run effective meetings, and talk to parents about about their cause are covered in "Group Dynamics and Rallying Your Troops." Unsure how to put words into action? There's a chapter on "Speaking Up and Standing With." Finally, "Caring for Yourself and Your Community" advises readers on how to give their minds and bodies what they'll need (unplug, take a nap) to be strong and effective advocates for their cause.
Is it any good?
This inspiring and empowering how-to guide girls who want to become involved in a cause (or are already involved) the tools they'll need to succeed. The sheer volume of information in Girls Resist! may seem overwhelming at first glance, but the author has organized the material into accessible reader-friendly chapters filled with step-by-step instructions, tips, examples, and takeaways.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the call to action presented in Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution. What's happening in your school or community that you think is unfair or unjust? What can you do to help?
If you were to volunteer with a social justice campaign, what role do you see yourself playing?
Who inspires you by their lives or words to speak out against prejudice and inequality? It doesn't have to be someone famous; a friend, neighbor, or family member can be a powerful voice for social change.
- Author: Kaelyn Rich
- Illustrator: Giulia Sagramola
- Genre: Learning
- Topics: Activism, Great Girl Role Models, High School, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: Quirk Books
- Publication date: August 7, 2018
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
- Number of pages: 238
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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