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Bonjour! I am looking for information regarding the changes in language use for girls. I believe it has evolved to become more empowering, but unfortunately I have no specific references to support this statement. Merci, in advance for your response!

- Marie-France


Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. The girls movement really become active in the United States around the mid-to-late 1980's. Much of this was inspired by research that Carol Gilligan had done at an all girls high school--The Emma Willard School. Then in the early 1990's the Ms. Foundation launched "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" that moved attention on girls to a national level. There was also a study done by the American Association of University Women in the early 1990s.

Previously, the Ms. Foundation and other organizations had been working with schools, but mostly around gender curriculums, etc.. Today, the girl's movement is everywhere and even the Girl Scouts have had to change in order to keep up with this. The National Council for Research on Women has done a good job of documenting this work and, I believe, on what it was like before. They have done a report called something to the effect of "The Girls Report." I suggest that you contact them directly for more information.

Good luck.


Amy

 

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