Body Image & Wellness

Unattainable and idealized images of women’s and girls’ bodies are visible in every aspect of advertising and mass communication. Women and girls are bombarded constantly with messages that treat them as objects of sexual fantasy and exploitation or that demean them. Popular culture promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and makes women – particularly young women – susceptible to distorted body images, low self-esteem and psychological and eating disorders. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry poses increased health risks for women, including life-long disfigurement. Researchers in our network are documenting negative messaging while encouraging a healthy representation of female beauty in which intellect, creativity and character trump thinness and physical perfection.

My Health Matters!

Stand Up and Say: My Health Matters!

The National Organization for Women – NYC is asking feminist leaders, writers, and advocates to get on board early with our My Health Matters YouTube campaign that we are launching this week, to counter the discriminatory and anti-woman agenda being proposed in Congress. We’re just rolling this out, and we need to build a critical mass of pioneering advocates to give the campaign momentum. We hope we can count on some of you to be among that group! All the details on the campaign are here. Videos can be found on YouTube. Simply search “My Health Matters.”


Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body

03/18/2011 - 03/19/2011

Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body is an international summit to challenge the toxic culture that teaches women and girls to hate their bodies. The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, the event’s sponsor, will launch a comprehensive, worldwide campaign in collaboration with the leading organizations and individuals already on the front lines of this public mental health epidemic. This campaign will engage government officials, educational institutions, multi-national corporations, the fashion industry, and the mainstream media to join us in creating a new visual culture one where the diverse, real beauty of women and girls is valued and magnified.

The time is now. Take back your body. Re-imagine the world.

Date: March 18-19, 2011
Location: 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
To register, and for more information, click here.

SPARK Summit--Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge

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Challenging the Sexualization of Girls
Hunter College, NYC

What is SPARK?

Who's Your Feminist Pop Culture Icon?
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Calling All Creative Thinkers! "Loved Bodies, Big Ideas" Contest

Do you have ideas on how to transform our body-hating culture into one of size acceptance and body love?  Submit them today!  As part of the March 2011 "Endangered Species: Preserving the Female Body" conference, The Women's Therapy Centre Institute is hosting a BIG IDEAS contest.  All you have to do is answer this question:

What is one bold action that could make the world truly value the diversity of women and girls’ bodies?

For details, click here

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July 27, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

As I began collecting background research for National Parent’s Day and the vast diversity of families in the United States, I kept running across amazing articles and resources–too many to use for just one post. So here you are: a round-up of interesting programs, articles, and very cool maps–all in the interest of reclaiming National Parent’s Day. 

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Girls Inc Scholars Take It to the White House

By Kyla Bender-Baird

I have to admit, when I was a kid, I was convinced that I would be the first woman President of the United States.  Eventually, I abandoned that career goal but to this day am still a bit of a politics nerd.  Well, it's nice to see that the next generation of girl leaders are getting a jumpstart on civic engagement thanks to Girls IncEarlier this month, four Girls Inc National Scholars met with the First Lady's staff to discuss barriers to physical activities for girls across the U.S. Click here to view videos of the girls talking about this amazing experience.

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