Black History Month & The Youth Movement

In light of Black History Month, we at MEDIAGIRLS would like to commemorate a special individual that shares the same goals as our organization and girls+ community. One dominant historical figure, Martin Luther King Jr., enters the minds of many when reflecting on this month and its meaning. Although Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TV Shows to Watch with Your Teen Girls

With the 72nd Emmys having just concluded, we think it’s time MEDIAGIRLS weighed in with our TV recommendations – both old and new! – to watch with (or just recommend to) the teen and tween girls in your life. MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Volunteer, Isabella Libreros, gives voice to our TV recs while demonstrating the importance of […]

Your Anti-Racism Questions… Answered (Part 3 of 3)

In the last month, MEDIAGIRLS ran our Anti-Racism Workshop: “How Can Girls Help Take Down Racism with Instagram and TikTok?” We were flooded with questions at the end of the workshop, which we ran twice, and were not able to answer all of them due to time constraints. But the questions were thoughtful and important, […]

Your Anti-Racism Questions… Answered (Part 2 of 3)

In the last month, MEDIAGIRLS ran our Anti-Racism Workshop: “How Can Girls Help Take Down Racism with Instagram and TikTok?” We were flooded with questions at the end of the workshop, which we ran twice, and were not able to answer all of them due to time constraints. But the questions were thoughtful and important, […]

Your Anti-Racism Questions…Answered (Part 1 of 3)

In the last month, MEDIAGIRLS ran our anti-racism workshop: “How Can Girls Help Take Down Racism with Instagram and TikTok?” We were flooded with questions at the end of the workshop, which we ran twice, and were not able to answer all of them due to time constraints. But the questions were thoughtful and important, […]

Danger: Snapchat Filters Teach Girls that Lighter Skin is “Better”

When Snapchat filters first came into our (and our kids’) lives, it was an exciting way to spice up our selfies. Rainbows coming out of our mouths? Yes, please! Little puppy ears and a little nose? Adorable! But over time, some filters started to come out that made us look a little… too “perfect.” And […]