The Pros and Cons of Online Activism

The murder of George Floyd led to an explosion of online activism, particularly amongst young people. New accounts were formed with the sole purpose of explaining issues of institutional racism to their audiences, infographics popped up everywhere, and everything from videos to petitions to GoFundMe campaigns were shared widely. Now, one year after George Floyd’s […]

How George Floyd’s Murder Changed the Way Young People Use Social Media

One year ago this week, the world watched as George Floyd was murdered by a police officer. The injustice and brutality of his death sparked protests around the US, around the world, and all across social media. On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, we asked our Youth Advisory Board how his tragic murder impacted […]

Indya Moore: Activist, Actor, and Model

With the LGBTQ+ Day of Silence having just passed, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern, Catrina Yang Farrell uses this blog post to celebrate Indya Moore–a trans and nonbinary actor, activist, and model–and highlight some of their powerful work in fashion, film, and advocacy. As a transgender black woman who identifies as nonbinary, Indya Moore is no stranger […]

Inspiring LGBTQI+ People to Follow on Instagram

On 2021’s LGBTQ+ Day of Silence–a student-led day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment against members of the LGBTQ+ community–MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Catrina Yang Farrell gives us a rundown of six inspiring LGBTQI+ individuals who we should follow on Instagram. Tanya Compas  @tanyacompas  (She/Her) (Photo from Tanya Compas’s […]

What Ling Ma’s “Severance” tells us about being a young person in a pandemic

On World Book Day, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Melody Tuan explores what Ling Ma’s book Severance can tell us about being a young person in a pandemic. (Contains minor spoilers.)  Candance Chen is a young New Yorker clinging onto all sense of routine in the face of a global pandemic. Sounds familiar, right? Except, Candace isn’t one […]

Netflix Shows to Watch with Your Girls

Spring Break is just around the corner and that means girls are finally free enough to catch up on some quality TV time. Not sure what to watch? MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Catrina Yang Farrell has got you covered. As a 21-year-old I LOVED watching all of these shows! It can be hard finding shows for […]

How I Talked To My Asian Dad about Black Lives Matter

Talking about racism is hard. Talking about racism with older generations? Even harder. As police violence against Black Americans is once again in the news headlines, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Melody Tuan, explains how she was able to talk to her father—a Taiwanese-American immigrant now living back in Taiwan—about Black Lives Matter and anti-Black racism in […]

March Madness: Battling Bigotry Towards Women’s Basketball

In this blog post, Editorial Volunteer Annie Kew reflects back on March Madness 2021 and the inequities between men and women’s sports that it exposed. Every March, college basketball fans from across the country prepare to watch the exciting match-ups and shocking upsets that take place during the annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) March […]

Women’s History Month According to Our YAB: Part 2

In Part 1 of Women’s History Month According to Our Youth Advisory Board, we asked our YABbers what the biggest challenges facing women and girls today are and who we can look to for inspiration in fighting against these challenges. In Part 2 of Women’s History Month According to Our Youth Advisory Board, we ask […]

Women’s History Month According to Our YAB: Part 1

March is Women’s History Month. To honor that, we asked our Youth Advisory Board: what is the biggest challenge facing girls and women today and who is a girl or woman who has paved the way or is paving the way for fighting against this challenge. We know, we know! This was a tough couple […]

What JoJo Siwa Coming Out Means for LGBT+ Representation

In a TikTok lip syncing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and wearing a sweatshirt with the words “Gay Cousin” on it, JoJo Siwa, 17-year-old popstar and teen sensation came out to the world. If you don’t happen to have any preteen daughters or are over the age of 13, you may not know who […]

It’s Okay To Be Human

(Trigger Warning: This blog post discusses eating disorders.) This week is #NEDAwareness Week–National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. In this piece, MEDIAGIRLS Development Intern Annie Kew discusses her eating disorder, her recovery journey, and gives three accounts she follows to support her in overcoming her eating disorder. If you or someone you care about is experiencing […]

Today’s Black History Makers

In honor of Black History Month, we asked our Youth Advisory Board: who is a Black girl or woman who you think deserves to be recognized today, tomorrow, and decades from now? Who is out there making history right now? Here’s who they chose… Ria L. selected Jess Guilbeaux! “Jess Guilbeaux is a strong Black […]

8 Movies About Black Women Who Made History

Black History Month is here! In light of this celebration, our MEDIAGIRLS team picked eight movies about Black women who made history. Get your popcorn ready! Your next movie night will be HISTORIC.  Queen Of Katwe (This film is rated PG.) Queen of Katwe tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan national chess champion. […]

How Can Social Media Bring Us Positivity in 2021?

We asked our Youth Advisory Board how they are using social media to stay positive and inspired (we know, not words that you often hear associated with social media) in 2021! Who are they following? How are they navigating the challenges that social media often brings with it this new year? Here’s what they had […]

Why Are We So Obsessed with Makeovers?

The end of one year and the beginning of a new one inevitably means an uptick in the amount of toxic marketing around people losing weight, clearing their acne, and–more broadly–being made over into a “better” version of themselves. In this piece, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Melody Tuan explores why the “makeover myth” in mainstream media […]

2020 Was Terrible for Girls. Or Was It?

As 2020 comes to a close, we asked our Youth Advisory Board to reflect on this historic year of pop culture, pandemic, protest, and performance. Here’s what they had to say… On a scale of 1-10–1 being the worst year ever and 10 being the best–how was your 2020? Rhea rates this year a 5. […]

Why We Should Slow Down on Fast Fashion

We’re knee-deep in the holiday purchasing season and that means a lot of sales, a lot of online surfing, and a lot of spending. According to Adobe, on Black Friday alone, consumers spent a record-breaking $9 billion. In this piece, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Melody Tuan discusses the cost of the clothing industry–an industry that girls […]

Checking In and Being Checked Up On: Navigating Social Isolation, Together

We’re in a global pandemic and, as a result, our methods of communication are limited. How can girls combat the feelings of loneliness that come with social isolation? In this piece, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Melody Tuan explores how girls can overcome feelings of disconnectedness, together. The way we interact has changed due to our shift […]

Social Media Activist Culture: Ballot Selfies and Slacktivism

As states certify their vote tallies and the 2020 election cycle draws to a close, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Melody Tuan looks at the ways that social media activism helped galvanize young voters in this election while also examining the limits of online activist culture. The U.S. has just concluded a nerve-wrecking presidential election. With this […]

My teenager wants to talk about politics. What now?

As the 2020 election cycle draws to a close, we are seeing more and more young people engaging in politics both on and offline. In this piece, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Volunteer Isabela Rocha consults with activists and experts to give parents resources and advice on how to have productive political discussions with their teens.  Ambika Muralitharan, […]

The Importance of a Young Voter’s Voice

As the 2020 election cycle concludes, we can see that a record number of young people cast their ballots, at odds with previous statistics on young voter turnout. But, why is turnout typically so low for young people? What should politicians do to make sure younger generations are engaged enough in the political process? In […]

The Social Dilemma, COVID-19, and the State of Social Media Today

Netflix’s documentary The Social Dilemma has taken the world by storm with its chilling presentation of our technological reality. In this blog post, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Catrina Yang Farrell highlights the main takeaways of the documentary, all the more pressing taken in the context of COVID-19, and comes up with some ways to regain control […]