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Hello, Please add my voice to those expressing delight over your wonderful site, and the exceptional information gathered in one place; this looks like a resource I will be visiting quite a bit. I'm a special education teacher in Wrightstown, Wisconsin. A few weeks ago I started a course I'm temporarily calling "Social Skills" for girls in grades 7-12 who are in a special ed program, either with learning disabilities or emotional disorders. As you can probably surmise, many of these young ladies have significant problems with their self concept. They can find it hard to believe that their strengths and talents can take them anywhere, if they would believe in themselves.

Any suggestions on topics, research results, or additional women that I could ask about this project would be *greatly* appreciated. I feel very greedy asking this of you, when you've already provided so much on your site already, but I can use all the help I can get. I'm planning to ask our school librarian to subscribe to It's a Living! Career News for Girls as soon as I see her tomorrow. Thanks! Sincerely, Brenda


Thanks for your note to Feminist.com and for your encouraging words about the site. The work you are doing sounds great--and so obviously needed. This is the exact age range that can "make or break a person"--knowing that even one person cares enough to help make a difference in their lives is enough incentive to keep them motiviated to make a difference in their own lives.

As for resources....look at previous Ask Amy's under Girls--also contact the Ms. Foundation for Women - they have done an extensive survey on girls programming and as a result are in contact with many programs across the country that deal with girls and their development. They, too, have designed a curriculm for girls to accompany their project Take Our Daughters To Work Day.

Good luck--and thanks for all the work that you are doing. I wish I had had a teacher who knew that girls could have careers.


Amy

 

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