|Above: Middle School Student Voices students present on female filmmakers who have paved the way for other women in the industry, including director Farah Khan, actress/comedian/producer Lucille Ball, director and actress Greta Gerwig, and more.|
October 11 was International Day of the Girl 2019, a global day celebrating the empowerment and achievements of girls around the world. The United Nations theme was "Girlforce: Unscripted and Unstoppable," in recognition of movements organized by and for adolescent girls, tackling a wide range of issues and proving that girls truly are unscripted and unstoppable.
For Day of the Girl this year, our Middle School Student Voices group held an assembly for Middle and Upper School in which they discussed gender inequity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. They highlighted influential female directors and the ways in which several key upcoming films (including Disney's Frozen 2, Mulan, and Greta Gerwig's Little Women) will break down barriers in terms of representation for girls and women in the industry. Click here to read Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor's blog post reflecting on her experience attending this powerful assembly.
Additionally, there was a school-wide celebration of Westridge students who are helping other girls. We asked students of all divisions to nominate their peers by telling us who they have witnessed empowering or making an impact on girls; their "I Spy" nominations cited such good works as taking leadership roles in classroom activities, helping other students carry their backpacks, and even volunteering with organizations to support women's health. These students were highlighted on the Student Life wall in the Main Hall, on the digital announcement boards, and on the school Instagram account (click through the slideshow below to read them!). Bulletin boards were also placed around campus on Day of the Girl, which asked students to write on Post-It notes to give shout-outs to other Westridge students they have seen empowering girls.
Finally, students and faculty were given special, Day of the Girl-themed sticker sheets at lunch to inspire them to give a little "extra credit" to anyone they might see making a difference in their daily lives!
We hope you joined us on October 11 in celebrating the empowered girls in your life and the girls who are standing up for the rights of others all over the world.