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Towards a Fairer Future

An Activist Model of Black Girl Leadership

Courtney Cook

effect on the nature of Black girlhood. Ruth Nicole Brown asserts that the citizenship of Black girls is not inherently tied to their social-political identity as marginal group members. Their childhoods are not free from injustice and inequality, and

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Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics

Disrupting Normative Notions

Mel Gibson

who were outsiders struggling with the vulnerabilities that such an identity can bring, and also the possibility of offering a response to titles targeting a white male audience. All of this points to the potential of comics as a space for depicting

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Girl, Interrupted and Continued

Rethinking the Influence of Elena Fortún’s Celia

Ana Puchau de Lecea

Woman Fortún’s biography ( Dorao 2001 ) illustrates the many lives lived by the author of “Celia and Her World,” her constant pursuit of peace, happiness, and identity, and her personal struggle to remain true to her feminist values without neglecting

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Hopeful, Harmless, and Heroic

Figuring the Girl Activist as Global Savior

Jessica K. Taft

century. They have sometimes organized themselves around the collective identity of girl, as in the Factory Girls’ Association striking in the textile mills in New England in the 1830s, or the high school feminist organizations of the 1960s and 1970s

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Erin Newcomb

(notably, Robert Munsch’s 1980 picture book, The Paper Bag Princess ), most were too overtly feminist to gain a wide audience, lacked support from film studios, and ultimately failed to gain traction against stories sponsored by the corporate tide of multi-nationals

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A Literacy Landscape Unresolved

Beyond the Boy Crisis and into Superhero Fiction

Michael Kehler and Jacob Cassidy

negotiation of identities among boys reveal a more complex and admittedly messier understanding of boys’ resistance to the perceived femininity of academic work ( Epstein et al. 1998 ). Thus, while ongoing research offers more nuanced perspectives that

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Negotiating Girl-led Advocacy

Addressing Early and Forced Marriage in South Africa

Sadiyya Haffejee, Astrid Treffry-Goatley, Lisa Wiebesiek, and Nkonzo Mkhize

and explore how our intergenerational partnership enabled us to negotiate community and policy change to address EFM in a traditional and rural context. Our partnership with the SIFs began as a result of a multi-national, interdisciplinary project

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Chloe Krystyna Garcia and Ayesha Vemuri

). However, a growing number of women and girls are using social media such as blogs and YouTube for free critical expression about gender, identity, and sexuality ( Muise 2011 ; Rossie 2015 ; Wood 2008 ). Here, social media is harnessed as what Jonathan

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Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths

Shaping Indigenous Girlhood Studies

Kirsten Lindquist, Kari-dawn Wuttunee, and Sarah Flicker

Lindquist and Kari-dawn Wuttunee are both council members of the National Indigenous Young Women’s Council (NIYWC). Kirsten is Cree-Métis with Swedish, English, German, and Ukrainian ancestry, and has been with the council since 2013, where she is now coming

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When Jackie Coogan Had His Hair Cut

Masculinity, Maturity, and the Movies in the 1920s

Peter W. Lee

’s screen obsolescence, Coogan’s production company—with his father as president—struggled to refashion its star’s identity. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, having re-signed Coogan to a million-dollar contract in 1926 while controlling all “production power” from