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  • Articles, GirlSpring.com, Sports, TRENDING

    Who is the 15 year old who beat Venus Williams?

    Gauff’s history-making moment- one of many more to come.

    Fifteen-year old tennis prodigy, Cori “Coco” Gauff beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon earlier this month, making history. And she did it with great collectedness despite being more than 2 decades younger than her revered opponent!

    It was a shocking and emotional moment for Gauff’s fans and supporters, but especially for Gauff herself. “”I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for [Williams],” Gauff told BBC. “I never thought this would happen. I’m literally living my dream right now.” 

    According to a Vogue Australia article, Gauff experienced sexism growing up hearing comments like ‘you can’t do this because you’re a girl.’ This experience, combined with Gauff’s strong belief in equality, is why the tennis prodigy considers herself a feminist.

    Because of sexism in sports, it is essential that young girls have female role models in athletics. Title IX paved the way for talented female athletes to make up successful national sports teams in the U.S. and to serve as role models to younger athletes. Venus inspired Gauff growing up, and now Gauff has proven her legacy of inspiring the next generation of girls.

  • GirlSpring.com, Music

    13-Year-Old Songtress, Cloe Wilder

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    Introducing Cloe Wilder

    The 13-Year-Old Up and Coming Pop Star

    Dark/Pop’s newest powerhouse, Cloe Wilder, is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with incredibly powerful songwriting skills, in addition to a voice beyond her years, 13-year-old songstress Cloe crafts melancholic, yet fiercely relatable songs that touch the deepest parts of the human psyche.

    Championing the concept of accepting one’s mental health issues and embracing imperfection, she is light years beyond the typical young musician, set to become a revolution in her time, starting with her flawless debut single, “Overthinking”.

    In discussing her debut single, Cloe states: “I’m glad that this is my first single because it’s a pretty accurate representation of me”.

    Stream and Download “Overthinking” HERE
    Learn More about Cloe through her Socials!

    Cloe Wilder Official Website

    Cloe’s Facebook

    Cloe’s Twitter

    Cloe’s Instagram

  • GirlSpring.com

    Getting Gritty with It’s A Girl’s Life

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    Getting Gritty

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    Meet Charlotte Wasserman of It’s A Girl’s Life

    Say hello to Charlotte Wasserman! Charlotte is the author of It’s a Girls Life Blog on Instagram, and she has own website and blog at https://itsagirlslifeblog.com

    She recently organized a huge girls only event in Cleveland and we asked her to share the story of how she did it with us!

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    Get Gritty Cleveland 2019 was an interactive and motivational event for girls in grades 7 through 10. The goal for this workshop was for girls to explore and redefine the way they view failure, strengthen their self-awareness and positive self-talk, and gain tools to be empowered to handle challenges and setbacks.

    During each four hour session, four engaging facilitators, including GRACEDBYGRIT founder, Sarah Andersen, guided the girls through movement and reflective activities.

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    Also included in this lineup, was Romona Robinson, a local award winning news anchor and author of A Dirt Road To Somewhere, who shared her gritty life story with the girls, emphasizing how you can create a very successful life even when you think you are at your lowest low and even when you think you have nothing. We also all enjoyed a fun group lunch and tasty, healthy snacks, all donated by local Cleveland companies.

    Throughout my middle school years, I became more aware of my interests.

    I became very interested in connecting and helping other girls like me, and I decided to write a blog to give girls tips and share information that I thought would be helpful, interesting and fun.

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    In February of 2018, I was inspired by something I saw on Instagram.

    I saw a post from the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation about the workshops they had for girls. They taught girls about grit using their G-R-I-T formula, out in California, where they are headquartered. Seeing this sparked my attention and made me think that I would love to do something like this in Cleveland. A few days later, I was on the phone with Sarah Andersen, who created the foundation. She loved that I reached out and was very excited about the idea of building off what they were doing in California and being able to reach girls in other cities.

    We were excited and still had a lot to discuss, but I immediately started brainstorming and reaching out to local, well respected female entrepreneurs, authors, and health and wellness mentors and coaches who may be interested in talking at the event.

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    After we selected our final facilitators together, I decided to create a Teen Host Committee.

    The goal was to identify a group of girls to help market the event. It was important the girls come from different communities and schools so that we could reach a diverse group of attendees.

    Still a few months left, but much work was still to be done.

    It was not an easy task to juggle all the work ahead and having school on top of it. I decided to create a social media marketing plan for the final month before the event. I designed every posted picture, caption, and hashtag that would be shared for the last 4 weeks leading up the event. This was so helpful to do upfront instead of on the fly, week by week.

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    My mom was using Facebook to share the event with parents and her social network. This was very helpful because parents could then encourage their daughters to sign up.

    I also reached out to my favorite local companies and asked them to donate to our gift card (punch card) giveaway. Many times I was waiting for one of these companies to get back to me or waiting for the marketing flyer to be redesigned in California (when we needed it yesterday) or learning that someone on the teen host committee could not make it anymore. During the stressful times, I kept the idea in my head that I knew I would get through this and if I kept pushing, the day of the event would come, and the work would all be worth it.

    I also tried to look at every punch or curveball as a learning process, because to be honest, I learned that this is what creating something from scratch, something new that has never been done before, is all about.

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    Before we knew it, February 2nd, the day of the event finally came.

    Get Gritty Cleveland had a total of 115 girls from different areas and schools in the Cleveland area!

    At the beginning of each session, I saw girls coming into and filling the naturally-lit, huge warehouse space. They filled it not only with their physical bodies but also with surprisingly uninhibited energy and spirit.

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    Seeing 115 girls joining me sparked a feeling that I never had felt before, a feeling of satisfaction and everlasting smiles because I could see my hard work for the last year finally come together into a great success.

    Get Gritty Cleveland was the bud of an ever-growing flower that motivates me.

    This flower motivates me to continue to work on ways to gather girls from different places together and learn about GRIT and how to be the best they can be.


  • GirlSpring.com, Movies

    4 Movies That Prove We Are Stronger Together

    Girl Power Movies

    Movies that provide a Girl Power Boost when you need it most!

    Mean Girls (2004)

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    Throughout Mean Girls, there is a constant, underlying theme: girls against girls. Society encourages female competitivity as if there is a limit to the amount of women society can accept. This movie is a comedic, but honest portrayal of the daily struggles teen girls endure.

    Legally Blonde (2001)

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    Legally Blonde puts the questions of brains and beauty to rest. Elle Woods gets dumped by her Harvard bound boyfriend because according to him, she is too blonde. Elle decides to let her fury guide her to success. Which in this case means Harvard Law. Legally Blonde shines a shimmering light on the fact that girls can do anything!

    Chicago (2002)

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    Ladies, we have to stick together! Chicago illuminates the possibilities that arrive when women put aside their differences and focus on what makes them alike. Through music, dance, and criminal activity – the female prisoners exhibit Girl Power in a unique form.

    13 Going On 30

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    13 Going On 30 is a great reminder that WE ARE STRONG. Society places a pressure upon women to find their Prince Charming. However, this movie provides a glimpse into the future of a 13 year-old girl who’s only worry in life is being popular and receiving her first kiss. The next day, Jenna wakes up as a 30 year-old woman. Her experience as an adult causes her to want nothing more than the simplicity of being a teenager. 13 Going On 30 is sort of a fairy tale, but it accurately conveys the importance of patience. Life is too short, so don’t treat it like a race.

  • Articles

    I Loved Being A Girl Scout

    I Loved Being A Girl Scout

    I Loved Being A Girl Scout

    And So Will You!

    I did not become a Girl Scout until the 5th grade, and even then I was skeptical. I did not understand what Girl Scouts was, or why I would want to become one. My mom made me join, mostly to make friends, but I ended up loving it and am now working to earn my Gold Award (the highest Girl Scout Achievement).

    Girl Scouts is not just earning badges and selling cookies (although both are fun perks).

    In fact, most of the badge-earning is done when you are younger. Since I did not join until 5th grade, I never intentionally earned badges. Once you are an older scout, the focus becomes earning Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. For those unfamiliar, these are essentially service projects planned and executed with your patrol (other girls your age). Which requires collaboration. Girl Scouts also taught me responsibility and leadership skills.

    To earn a Bronze Award, two girls in my patrol and I hosted an afterschool book drive for the STAIR (Start The Adventure In Reading) Program. It was super simple and lots of fun! For the Silver Award, my friends and I made letterboxes for a new park in our community to help encourage visitors. Currently, I am working on earning a Gold Award, which I have to plan and execute mostly alone.

    All of this may sound like a lot of work for little reward – 

    However, I am so happy my mom made me join Girl Scouts. I was able to participate in a lot more than community service. For example, we created a presentation to teach children about Christmas traditions in other countries. We also made and served dinner to the homeless, and had multiple movie nights where we just made cookies, watched movies, and talked! The friendships I made in Girl Scouts will last my entire life. I mean, we go on small vacations together every year!

    I want to encourage all girls to join – even if you think you are too old. The projects and experiences are unique to being a Girl Scout, and a Gold Award achievement looks great on college applications. It also helps with scholarships!

    To sum it up, Girl Scouts is an awesome organization to be a part of. Not once have I regretted joining.

  • Books, Confidence, Lifestyle

    Harness the Power of Your Inner Goddess!

    Harness the power of your inner goddess

    Harness the Power of Your Inner Goddess!

    Girl power author Ashley Holt shares her secrets on soul strong living for girls in her debut young adult book, I am Brave: Soul Strong Living for Girls. Boost confidence, develop self-esteem, and find your inner goddess! This would make an excellent gift for you or a friend!

    Link to the book, here! Ashley was also one of our Wonder Women! Learn more about the career talks here!

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    Inspiring Women To Dress Up As This Halloween

    Inspiring Women To Dress Up As This Halloween

    Halloween is the perfect opportunity to dress up as your true self. Here are some ideas to honor the important women in history while staying warm this October 31st.

    Rosie the Riveter

    This costume is a classic last-minute Halloween look because it’s super easy and super cute. All you need is a denim long sleeve shirt, a red bandana, and a bold lip. But the best part? If you don’t already own one or more of these items, you can wear them again on any non-spooky day.

    Shirt: Men’s Long Sleeve Denim Shirt:

    $16, Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Port-Company-Men-s-Long-Sleeve-Value-Denim-Shirt-SP10/612519214

    Bandana: Paisley Bandana in red:

    $2.50, Michael’s https://www.michaels.com/paisley-bandana-by-imagin8/M10118690.html?dwvar_M10118690_size=21%22%20x%2021%22&dwvar_M10118690_color=White#q=bandana&start=1

    Lipstick: NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in shade “Kitten Heels”:

    $5.39, Target https://www.target.com/p/nyx-professional-makeup-liquid-suede-lipstick/-/A-51482284?preselect=49113228#lnk=sametab

     

    Beyoncé

    (Or, for the pun-inclined, Bee-yoncé)

     Beyoncé is a feminist (and fashion) icon, and the best part about this costume is that there are so many Beyonce’s to dress up as.

    There’s Mother Earth Beyoncè:

    Veil: Blue radiance Glitter Tulle Fabric, $3.00, Michaels.com

    Flower Crown: Claire’s, $7.00 https://www.claires.com/us/seashell-flower-crown-headwrap—pink-219967.html?cgid=3023#cgid=3023&start=12

    Long Flowery Dress: Amazon, $35.00 https://www.amazon.com/KOH-Womens-Sleeve-Casual-Elegant/dp/B076CKTGQM?keywords=purple%2Bfloral%2Bdress&qid=1538165998&sr=8-48&ref=sr_1_48&th=1&psc=1

    Baby Dolls: Walmart, $13 https://www.walmart.com/ip/JC-Toys-Berenguer-12-Lil-Hugs-Baby-Doll-African-American/19639782

    Lemonade Beyoncé:

    Fluffiest Yellow Dress You Can Find: Asos, $35 https://us.asos.com/boohoo-petite/boohoo-petite-maxi-bardot-dress/prd/9944424?clr=yellow&SearchQuery=&cid=8799&gridcolumn=3&gridrow=5&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=245

    Baseball Bat*: Dicks Sporting Goods, $15.00 https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/rawlings-adirondack-t-ball-bat-training-ball-set-16rawywdbtbllcmbtwbt/16rawywdbtbllcmbtwbt

    (*Please do not smash any cars or fire hydrants)

     

    Or, for a cheaper and less literal interpretation, write “Yoncé” on a yellow and black striped t-shirt and throw on a pair of bumble bee wings.

    Wings and Antennae: Amazon, $6 https://www.amazon.com/Bee-Wings-Antenna-Costume- Set/dp/B0041TB4YM?keywords=bumble+bee+wings&qid=1538155434&sr=8-23&ref=sr_1_23

    Striped Shirt: Forever 21, $16 https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/F21/top_blouses/2000291185/02?mrkgcl=1207&mrkgadid=3284487072&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=PLA_-_NB%7CW%7CApparel&utm_term=429027334306_product_type_womens_apparel_product_type_tops_product_type&utm_content=(not_set)&product_id=2000291185022&adpos=1o1&creative=261006619665&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CjwKCAjworfdBRA7EiwAKX9HeLCard9spn9ggFslgYou-38CKNKVGb75CyZRGOVBnmQ0cs0zKpjT_xoC6i8QAvD_BwE

     

    Frida Kahlo

    Channel your Dia De Los Muertos energy into this flower-filled Frida costume. With some chunky gold jewelry, an orange lip, and some floral hair pins, you’ll be a dead ringer for one of the most iconic painters of the early-mid 1900’s.

    Flower clips: Claire’s, $6.50

    https://www.claires.com/us/kids-6-pack-flower-hair-clips-124529.html?pid=124529&gclid=CjwKCAjworfdBRA7EiwAKX9HeLAiyxGwrz6Tjc7NJAQqKAikSAdfZ2DhCV-i92qsB1USvYdkHFtKvBoCJzAQAvD_BwE

    Lipstick: Colourpop lippy stix in “I Ain’t Bad Atcha” Colourpop, $5.50 https://colourpop.com/products/i-aint-bad-atcha

    Jewelry: Braided Chain Necklace, $9.50, Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Egyptian-Cleopatra-Statement-Necklace/dp/B00T2PYPAA?keywords=chunky+gold+jewelry&qid=1538160107&sr=8-37&ref=sr_1_37