Thursday, July 06, 2006

"Garrison Girls" Pictures

One of the great things about the retreat was that there were some groups that joined us - 8 girls from New Moon, 10 kids from Minneapolis, and 7 girls from Garrison Forest School. You and your group of young feminists can join us next year!!!

Here's some pictures of the "Garrison Girls"....

Monday, June 26, 2006


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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Getting to know our TV Girlfriends

In this session, the girls and us learned about messages in popular teen shows. Focusing mostly on the Disney channel, dialogue was passed on why show introductions are constructed they way they are. Show introductions often feature shots of happy families, smiling faces, beautiful locations, and lots of fun. They first thirty seconds of each new show is important because in those thirty seconds viewers decide whether they will change the channel or watch the show. These images very subconsciously affect your body image and your impression of the show.

Carmen, 18 Keshia, 16 Jennell, 16

Sherri Hope Culver is a media consultant specializing in content development and strategic issues for children's media and public media. Sherri is Associate Director of the Media Education Lab at Temple University and on the adjunct faculty. Currently, she is managing the development of an online play environment ( for girls designed to strengthen their critical thinking skills about media literacy. She has served as General Manager of WYBE Public Television in Philadelphia; as an executive with New Jersey Public Broadcasting; and as a consultant to WLIW-TV in New York. Sherri has produced over 600 hours of television programming and has served on several national panels charged with planning future components of public broadcasting. Sherri is author of the book, The Television and Video Survival Guide: An Insiders Top Notch Creative and Technical Advice for Your First (or next) Production.

Panel with the REAL hot 100

Today we had a session called the Real Hot 100, where some young women came and talked to us. The Real Hot 100 ( is a list of women who are “hot” for the things they do, not because of how they look. Before the session, we all made lists of 100 girls and women we admired. I liked that we got to go up and tell them one person off our list of 100. I think it’s good for people to know about 100 women/girls that are beautiful in their own ways—not the way society tells them.

Veronica, 11

A few of our girls with a few of the HOT 100 finalists.

Songwriting with Lindsay Rush

This was my favorite class that we’ve ever done at the conference. Lindsay Rush came in and sang really cool songs. I bought a CD with my friend Carter and we got it signed. It was so cool. I hope she comes again next year.

Maeve, 11

Lindsay is an accomplished vocalist, a thoughtful songwriter, and a passionate guitarist. A normal girl with an utter devotion to the music she makes. She is also an active spokesperson for mpower: musicians for mental health- a division of the National Mental Health Association, which uses the powerful voices of recording artists (such as Michelle Branch, Third Eye Blind, and Vanessa Carlton) to raise awareness about mental health issues.

Lindsay recently signed an endorsement deal with Daisy Rock Guitars, which is a company based in Van Nuys, California that encourages girls to play music, by manufacturing guitars in cool shapes and colors. In the summer of 2005, Lindsay played on the Camplified Tour, a concert tour that takes newly signed and up and coming artists to summer camps on the East Coast. She has been asked on numerous occasions to open for legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist, Lisa Loeb, by Loeb herself.

Over the past couple of years, Lindsay Rush has gained praise and recognition from very influential people in the industry. Some of them include, Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp, Michelle Branch, Ashlee Simpson, Melissa Ethridge, etc.), Benjamin Loeb (Classical Conductor), Aimee Berger (manager and founder of SPA Records and the Camplified Tour), Rod Marsden (manager), Michelle Branch (Maverick Records), Lisa Loeb, and many venue owners, booking agents, managers, label executives, and loyal fans in the U.S., as well as in South America, Canada, and Europe.

Pop Inside Media

I really liked this class! It was fun and silly. We went to a new site called, We designed a pop star and then listened to her sing on the computer. It was funny how the voices could change. We learned that you don’t need millions of dollars to make and organize a band—all we need is a few interested people.

Carter, 11

Renee Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on media education. She directs the Media Education Lab at Temple University and is a co-founder of the Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA), the national membership organization that hosts the National Media Education Conference. She co-directed the Ph.D. program in Mass Media and Communication at Temple University in 2004-2005 and currently hosts the Media Smart Seminars, a free professional development program for Philadelphia educators, media professionals and community leaders. Currently, she is co-principal investigator of a project, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, which explores the conditions under which Latinos in North Philadelphia critically analyze print tobacco advertising, TV public service announcements and tobacco product placement in movies. She is also developing an online multimedia learning environment to introduce media literacy to adolescent girls, ages 9 - 14, in a project funded by the Office on Women's Health (HHS).

Making the Band with Cari Gelber

The first morning we met, we had been separated into groups to form a "band" - we all made up names and slogans. Then other bands made our poster. Today, with Cari's help, we continued to work on our bands and had to market them “recording executives” (adult participants acting as stylists, publicists, marketing directors and booking agents). It was very interesting to see how close our “end product” (what the executives wanted us to change) to our original idea!

Here are our band posters:

Cari Gelber has worked behind the scenes in the music industry for over a decade -- promoting, booking, and managing bands in New York City. She has handled tour marketing and event production for Everfine Records and co-founded emerging artist company Decent Xposure. Gelber has managed Oval Opus for the last five years and has also worked in freelance capacities as a writer and event planner. She got her start in the music industry as an intern at Elektra Records. Cari’s latest project is a teen novel called “Rising Star,” based loosely on her own experiences and geared toward the teen market.

Music Recording Studio Tour -Tainted Blue

This session was a tour down to a recording studio in Times Square. Just to get to the studio, some of us had to walk up 13 flights of stairs (Pant, pant.) Finally, reaching the top, we entered a recording studio (with a console worth $400,000!) A music engineer talked about how his job was like a producer. He showed us how the controllers on the console worked. He manipulated music to produce a different sound and turned off all other sound so you could only hear one instrument at a time.

The next room was where the musicians performed. We all sat in a room filled with guitars and drums. The speaker told us about his job and the long hours. One man had been at work for 36 hours! (Starbucks must love him!) We discovered that many of the people in the music engineering field are men. Someone asked why and the men who worked there didn’t really know, but there is progress. The college one man went to had more and more women joining the music engineering program.

The producers and engineers also told us that there is no set price for artists coming in to record; the producers’ agents have to work out the price with the artists’ agents. The thing I really got out of the session was that certain singers aren’t really ‘better’ than another, there are just bands that work harder.

I think it’s important to remember that the business isn’t always glitz and glamour. All the “in” singers once had to go and advertise on the street. They had to perform gigs, travel, and endure long hours. Only a few make it to the “big time.” The only difference between the ones who make it and those who don’t is the fact that some are willing to get up at 2 in the morning, are willing to go to other concerts and get publicity, and go the distance for their dream.

Kelly, 15

The 3,000-square foot space in Times Square is now home to producer/songwriters Andrew Koss and Patrick Shaw who also plan to market the studio to selected outside clients as well as develop their own signature Tainted Blue production sound. Lawrence P. Swist Designs and Evenfall Acoustics, Ltd. teamed up to complete the design and construction of the legendary space in midtown Manhattan to offer a world class state of the art phenomenon in acoustic engineering. Tainted Blue is dedicated to bringing rock music back to New York. Tainted Blue Studios sought core studio basics - a great sounding live room capable of capturing live instruments pristinely and a control room that translates that sound properly.

Jessica Weiner

I love Jessica—she is everything great all in one person. She went through a tough life of teasing and having issues fitting in, so most people can relate to her. When she speaks or enters a room, her personality fills it up. When she speaks you can feel her energy and passion around you. We talked about topics from the provocative dancing in music videos to the way famous people had to act, dress, and behave. Today she was just as amazing as in previous conferences.

Libby, 12

Jessica Weiner is an Author, Motivational Speaker, and Advice Columnist who reaches audiences nationwide through her books, speaking engagements, and media appearances. Her ground-breaking and empowering work in self-discovery and self-esteem with women and teens, motivates and inspires them to become Actionists™, by taking action in their everyday lives. Her emerging brand, “With Jess™”, is dedicated to reinforcing its motto, “Find you. Feel Good.”

Raise Your Voice

We all have a Voice!

At this session, we talked about the different labels that girls and women get in the media. Some of the labels are not very positive. Then we talked about new, POSITIVE labels that we’d like to have instead.
Cassidie writes her POSITIVE labels

And we came up with some examples of how we see our own voices.

MY voice is about . . .

. . . wearing what I want. Not what the media tells me to. – Shelby

. . . making a difference. – Veronica

. . . my opinion and never letting anyone or anything stop me from sharing it with the world. –Kelly

. . . havin’ fun, yo! – Carmen

. . . staying true. – Camille

. . . comfortable clothing. – Ella

. . . being a strong voice for women! – Janae

Peter's voice is about EQUALITY!

Described as a “masterful teacher” by her principal in her very first year of teaching, Laurie Mandel knew early on that teaching was her heart’s first passion. Spirited and energetic, Mandel had a penchant for new learning and the drive to make a difference. Dr. Mandel created the Get.A.VOICE™ project three years ago with initial support from a gender equity grant from the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls and with help from a group of caring, forward-thinking junior high school students who also wanted to make a difference. Dr. Mandel is currently producing a video on teen image and identity with Host, Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback and current national expert on gender violence prevention.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

African Peruvian Dancing

African Peruvian Dancing with Carmen Tomanguilla

After the “Girls with Active Voices” program, we learned about a little Peruvian history. We learned that Peru is the third largest country in South America, and that its capitol is Lima. We learned how the Spanish conquistadors affected the music and dance of Peru, and about the cajón, a box-shaped drum. After that, Carmen taught us a few short dances to music by Eva Ayllon, a Spanish folk singer. This workshop was very enjoyable despite the humid weather. The cajón made a great beat to dance to.

Ana (pronounced ah-nah), 12

Carmen plays a great beat on the cajon.

Camille takes a turn at it.

Carmen teaches us all a few dance steps.

Carmen Cecilia Tomanguila was born in Lima -Perú. She has always liked languages, that is why she studied Translation. I have a Bachelor degree in Translation with English as the first language and German as the second language. During her studies at the university she realized she also liked teaching so she started teaching English when she was only 16 years old. She has come to the United States three times in exchange programs. And most recently just finished a 6-month internship as a Spanish assistant teacher in Minnesota.

Girls with Active Voices

Girls With Active Voices: Deborah Aubert and Dara Persis Hochman

After lunch, two speakers, Deborah Aubert and Dara Persis Hochman came to talk with us about using our voices to tell the world what’s important to us. We discussed how singers used their songs to get a message across. Then Deborah and Dara passed out a sheet of paper on which we could write about how and when we are strong, bold and smart, and how some singers, music videos, and lyrics portraying girls are not. We were able to create our own ‘singer’ and give them the characteristics we thought were good in a musician, such as ‘speaks her mind’ and ‘is independent’. We also drew them to show how we thought an entertainer should look. In the end a girl from each group shared a singer with the class. Deborah also showed us a website called, a site that allows girls to create their own homepage to showcase their ideas. Overall, we got a good idea of how the music industry portrayed girls, and had a lot of fun making our singers.

Ayden, 14

Deborah Aubert, Media Literacy Consultant, served as Associate Director, National Programs, with Girls Incorporate from July 2000 to June 2006 where she oversaw the development of the Girls Inc. Media Literacy® program for girls ages 6-18. She previously served as Special Events Manager and Grants Manager at Girls Inc., raising unrestricted and restricted funds for the organization. Deborah has 16 years of experience in nonprofit administration and program coordination.

Dara Persis Hochman is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Media, Culture, & Communication at New York University. Her thesis will focus on media literacy, feminist theory, and girls. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Dara interned at the National Council for Research on Women and is currently a Research Assistant on Dr. Deborah Siegel’s book on the changing definitions of Feminism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Greatness by Design

Greatness by Design: Blanche Williams

At the onset of the TBIO leadership retreat, Blanche Williams, a guest speaker, spoke on true beauty and greatness. Her inspirational words on beauty and how to instill the knowledge within yourself that you are beautiful really moved me. Blanche spoke of how distinct traits distinguish you and make you a beautiful person. She also shared various traits that form a beautiful person, using one letter from “beautiful” to begin each word. For example, “B” is for bold, “E” is for empathetic, etc. We came up with a ton of words that describe how we’re beautiful. This discussion provoked positive feelings toward our own beauty.

Aqua, 13

Blanche Williams

Reciting the "Sisterhood Greatness Pledge" with Blanche

Blanche Williams is one of today's most inspiring and engaging communicators. She is the host of XM Satellite radio’s newest talk sensation, GREATNESS BY DESIGN, a rare and fresh program that shuns sensationalism and focuses on the stories behind women and men of greatness. Blanche has conducted interviews with stellar personalities including Dr. Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Suze Orman, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Ossie Davis, Dr. Stephen Covey, Iyanla Vanzant, Stevie Wonder, and Deepak Chopra, to name a few. Featured in publications such as ESSENCE Magazine, Blanche believes that success doesn't happen by chance, “it’s my choice.” For more information visit .

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Where are the Women in Music? Girls Want to Know!

Where are the Women in Music? Girls Want to Know!

Girls want to know why aren’t there as many women as men in the music industry – as performers, writers, musicians, and producers? Some girls say this…

“Because women face many more challenges than men do in the world!” - Ariel, age 11

“Women are not encouraged enough as young girls to truly pursue their dreams.” - Katie, age 17

“A woman’s talent is judged by her appearance rather than her artistic merit.” - Adaire, Age 17

“It appears that in the music industry, men want women mostly for their looks and their bodies, and don’t respect how great they are with playing their instruments, singing, thinking and being musicians.”
- Addison Age 13

Girls love music and the music industry loves girls’ buying power. But for the most part what was being heard and seen by media was not enough of the great young female artists and empowering songs! As popular as they are, many messages sent by music moguls are less than positive in their portrayal of girls and women! A group of girls ages 8-16 is challenging the media — especially those in radio and MTV — to send a new message about beauty.

Girls attending the Turn Beauty Inside Out Leadership Conference in New York, June 21-24, 2006, will be participating in active learning workshops and meeting face-to-face with music executives, writers, producers, and musicians telling the professionals what they want to see on MTV and hear on the radio. Instead of acting as mere mirrors of the social and cultural traditional patterns, girls and their parents will be empowered to become change agents. Girls will learn that THEY THEMSELVES should define who they are and not let the media do it for them.

Confirmed conference speakers include:
• Blanche Williams, National XM Satellite Radio Talk Show Host, Author, Trainer & Coach
• Audrey Brashich, former teen model, writer and author of new book “All Made Up”
• Jessica Weiner, author, speaker and “actionist”
• Founders of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
• Cari Gebler, Author of new teen novel, “Rising Star”
• A few of “The REAL Hot 100” finalists (
• Professional young female musicians Lindsay Rush and Julia Barry
• Abby Ellin, journalist for NY Times and author of “Teenage Waistland”

TBIO was created in 2000 by New Moon Magazine and is coordinated by the non-profit organization, Mind on the Media. TBIO is a national annual campaign that calls for more accurate and positive portrayals of girls and women in the media. The goal of this year’s campaign is to raise awareness and begin discussions about the impact of music on a girl’s self-esteem, lyrics that are disrespectful to girls and women and the lack of women decision makers in the industry. Girls can register for the conference, request a free TBIO Action Kit or download “GirlCaught” stickers online at .

New Moon, the highly-praised, international, bi-monthly magazine edited by and for girls ages 8 to 14, is the winner of six prestigious Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Awards for “Best Children’s Magazine.” New Moon’s girl editors show the media what’s important — inner beauty — in New Moon’s May/June issue. This annual “25 Beautiful Girls” issue (our answer to People’s “50 Most Beautiful People”) will hit the newsstands April 11, celebrating 25 girls for who they are and what they do, not how they look.

Call 952–210-1625 for a complete conference program or to arrange interviews with:
• Nancy Gruver, Founder, Mind on the Media and New Moon Magazine
• Participating girls from across the U.S. or conference speakers
• Caroline Ticarro-Parker, Executive Director, Mind on the Media