Celebrating Easter on Social Media

Today is Good Friday, and Easter is this Sunday. One of the most important religious holidays in the Christian world, and for non-Christians in a culture designed around this particular faith tradition, it’s a fun way to spend a springtime Sunday with egg hunts and candy. Easter tends to slip under the radar compared to […]

Cancel Culture in Wartime

Last week, Spotify stopped doing business in Russia. However, unlike a lot of American companies who left in protest against the war in Ukraine, it’s clear that Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin wanted Spotify gone. Putin is cracking down on all spaces where Russian people can receive or discuss information that deviates from the story he […]

Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills Are On the Rise. We Can Fight Back.

In the past few months, some incredibly hateful legal actions in Texas and Florida made national headlines. Idaho and Georgia are following their lead, and there will be more. These laws attack LGBTQ+ kids and their families, denying them their right to learn about the world and about themselves. MEDIAGIRLS is a Boston-based nonprofit, and […]

Book Banning and the Fight for Historical Literacy

2022 has been an intense year for classroom censorship. From laws striking down the 1619 Project to Maus’s removal from classrooms in Tennessee, conservative governments across the country have made numerous attempts to control what students can and cannot learn about history, culture, and the world. For this article, let’s get acquainted with some of […]

Ambassador Interview: Meet Isabelle Hanson, Miss Illinois!

The following interview was conducted and edited for clarity by Katherine Lynch, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern. We at MEDIAGIRLS are proud to introduce our newest ambassador. Meet Isabelle Hanson (she/her), otherwise known as the reigning Miss Illinois! An on-air news anchor and reporter for her local CBS affiliate, Ms. Hanson is a journalist, a musician, and […]

#REALMEDIAGIRLS of 2021

2021 is winding down, and what a year it’s been. As we look back on the last year, we at MEDIAGIRLS want to reflect on some of the real-life women who made headlines in 2021 and the lessons that they can teach girls+. The six women on this list are some of many who broke […]

Giving Thanks on Social Media

Thanksgiving is one week away. This holiday is awash in complicated feelings, but the core of it is definitely worth celebrating. This is a time to take stock of the year you’ve had and enjoy the simple beauty of having made it through another one. Through all of life’s ups and downs, every life has […]

Halloween Scares On Social Media

Halloween is upon us, and there’s a lot to be excited about. Costumes, candy, parties, decorations – I like the spooky season as much as the next gal. Still, for every good-natured fright, there are some real scares to account for every Halloween, many of which are exacerbated by social media. Let’s break down three […]

Five Incredible Follows for this Indigenous People’s Day

Fast approaching is one of America’s most complicated and controversial federal holidays: Columbus Day. Commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, the modern world essentially begins here. However, we as a culture tend to overlook the bloodshed that shaped the colonial exchange and ultimately led to the founding of the United States. In […]

TikTok’s Troubling Beauty Standards

Social media has a messy relationship with, well, most tenets of reality; the priority is often less an accurate depiction of a person or the world, but a version of the aforementioned that maximizes attention and interest. This is especially true of a platform like TikTok, where users have mere minutes to make an impression […]

TikTok Made Me Buy It

TikTok is a massive juggernaut in the pop cultural arena. Millions of people around the world are active on the app, and naturally, advertisers and marketers are eager to tap into this market, especially the younger demographic that may include your girl+. In this article, we’ll break down the commercialism of TikTok and the strategies […]

Introduction to Cottagecore

Cottagecore is a fashion and lifestyle trend that’s made an impressive splash on social media platforms over the past year. Its defining ethos is its attempt to recreate an idealized quiet life in the countryside — flowy dresses, Emily Dickinson poems, baking cookies out of dandelion petals, and so on. Cottagecore celebrates the beauty of […]

Vaccines and Social Media Literacy

With over 60% of Americans twelve and over at least partly vaccinated, the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States appears to finally be on its way out (fingers crossed). However, getting vaccinated has become a contentious topic for a lot of people. Social media platforms have always been forums for people to voice their own […]

Social Media Summer Mindfulness Techniques

Summertime is here, and that can mean exchanging the stresses of the schoolroom for those of the social internet. Luckily, there are some relatively simple strategies and practices you can use to keep the stresses of social media at bay to give yourself a more mindful, mentally healthy online experience. These aren’t counters to every […]

Pride Month Reading Recommendations

June’s almost here, so Happy Pride, and for that matter, Happy Summer Break (or almost Summer Break)! With the new (or soon-to-be) surge in spare time, MEDIAGIRLS has a few reading recommendations of wonderful, colorful LGBTQIA+ Young Adult novels. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (she/her) Let’s start with a relatively recent release with a […]