Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month through community-crafted works, virtual events, writing prompts, and more!
We approach this month as a time to honor, explore and support the experiences and survival of all women through an intersectional lens. By the teachings of Audre Lorde, when fighting for gender liberation, our differences serve as tools to bring us closer together, just as our similarities do. It is in this spirit that Girls Write Now amplifies the multitudinous voices of young women and gender-expansive youth, adding to a legacy of gender equity and inclusivity efforts through transformational storytelling.
-Lei Fagan, Publishing 360 mentee
What’s Happening This Month
All events below are virtual and open to the public.
Thursday, March 3 @ 6:00 PM ET
“What if half of history was missing?” Gina Luria Walker, a gender studies professor and historian asks. This is a salient question, given that cis-gender men are historically overrepresented as the authors and subjects of both history books and biographies. At this Community Chat, we’ll reflect on which histories get…Learn More
Tuesday, March 8 @ 1:00 PM ET
Barbie Dream Gap, The Female Quotient and Girls Write Now join forces to make the workplace for women better—which makes the workplace better for everyone.
Friday, March 18 @ 6:00 PM ET
Join author Joy L. Smith, Girls Write Now mentee alumna and Scholastic Gold Key recipient, for a celebration of her powerful debut YA novel, Turning.
Wednesday, March 23 @ 5:00 PM ET
Money is empowering! With it, we have the agency to do good and live out our dreams. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Girls Write Now invites you to join us in writing, or re-writing, your very own money story through the lens of financial literacy.
Friday, March 25 @ 6:00 PM ET
Race is a fiction but it’s also a fact of life. In her book Bringing Up Race, author and GWN mentor alumna Uju Asika invites people of all ethnicities into transformative conversations around identity, belonging and how we can rewrite narratives to create a more inclusive society.
Women’s History Month allows us to celebrate those who blazed the trail before us, as well as the women and gender expansive youth who will carry us into the future. The stories presented in the collections below show how the Girls Write Now community is illuminating that new path forward. The writing tackles such topics as femininity, internalized misogyny, media stereotypes, forging gender identity and gender liberation. Join us on a journey of self-discovery in these two groundbreaking, feminist collections by Girls Write Now mentees and mentors!
My Body, My Voice: A Feminist Story Collection
Bye, Binary: A Feminist Story Collection on Gender
Unlock your creative power and explore your gender identity with five prompts in honor of Women’s History Month!
From poetry to prose, dance to comedy, our Teaching Artists and staff show us that women and gender-expansive writers are driving innovation and creativity in every field. Discover your passion and create work alongside these incredible artists!
‘I am Woman; Because I’m a Girl’ by Mentee Alum Carmin Wong & Mentor Alum Hadia Sheerzai
Carmin Wong was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Her poetry, plays and research engage with transnational Black identities through written and oral literatures. She is pursuing a dual-title PhD in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Penn State. A graduate of Howard University, Carmin earned a BA in English with a minor in playwriting from the Division of Fine Arts (re-established as the Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts) and was inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta International English Society. She holds an MFA in poetry writing from the University of New Orleans, where she served as an Associate Poetry Editor of Bayou Magazine. She is a Girls Write Now class of 2014 mentee alum.
‘As A Woman’ by Mentee Alum Sue Najm
Sue Najm is a high school senior, youth advocate, and organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently pursuing a career in film with hopes of becoming a screenwriter. She has worked with organizations such as Teens Take Charge and Youth Allies-Youth Advocates. Sue has also worked with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, hosting and moderating monthly town halls and with the Intergenerational Change Initiative as a student researcher. She’s involved in multiple film programs such as Reel Works and Girl Be Heard.
‘A Room of My Own’ by Mentee Meril Mousoom
Meril Mousoom is a high school senior. Their interests include activism, journaling, and dancing. They have a love of op-eds and The New York Times. Outside of politics, Meril also loves to indulge in Korean pop music!
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