Girls attend Independent School Gender Project's Annual Conference for Girls and Women

June 25, 2012

Maddie Stearn '13, Allie Moriarty '13, Charlotte McIntosh '14, and Ms. Krystle Merchant just returned from a whirlwind trip to The Hotchkiss School (CT), where they attended the Independent School Gender Project's annual conference for girls and women.

The conference, titled "Media, Messages, and Me," focused on media messaging and its effects on girls. The opening keynote was given by Jennifer Pozner, author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV and Executive Director of Women in News and Media (WIMN) Online. The closing keynote featured Sofia Quintero, an author and activist who calls herself the Ivy League Homegirl. In between, they attended workshops on topics ranging from "Food as Fuel" to "From Shakespeare to Beyonce" and "What Did She Say?" (music's messages) to "Healthy Hookups." They discussed as a small group and with girls and faculty from schools in New England, DC, CA, and even London. For 48 hours, they dissected media's cultural impact on female body image, relationships, leadership, and scholarship. Madeira was the only all-girls' school in attendance, which gave them a unique perspective on many of these issues as they are experienced during the school day.

The group is hoping to share more of their findings and experiences with the whole community during the upcoming school year!