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Chatham University to present “Fighting Like a Girl: Activism and the power to SPARK change,” a lecture by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D.

Dr. Brown will confront the need for girls’ activism against their sexualization in media

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
January 17, 2012

PITTSBURGH (January 17, 2012)… Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., professor of education at Colby College, will speak about the cooptation of girl power through the sexualization of girls in media and the importance of engaging girls in creative forceful reactions to such media messages at Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 23. For more information on the free public event, contact Peggy Stubbs, chair and professor of Chatham’s undergraduate psychology program, at or 412-365-2962. Visit Chatham’s website for information on campus parking.

A community activist, author, and cofounder of the SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge) movement, Dr. Brown illustrates how girls involved with the movement, along with a growing coalition of progressive youth serving organizations, are generating forms of media and coordinating actions online and on the ground to create enabling conditions for girls’ rights to healthy sexuality.

She is coauthor, with Carol Gilligan, of Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girl’s Development (Ballantine Books, 1993), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that helped spark an international debate about the lives of girls and redefined society’s understanding of female development. Dr. Brown has written four additional books in which she investigates the relationship between girls’ anger and social class, examines the cultural phenomenon of “girlfighting,” and critiques the messages that media and marketers direct at both girls and boys. Her most recent work focuses on scaffolding girls’ resistance and activism. She cofounded Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW), a Maine-based non-profit that educates about and supports girls as social change agents and, in collaboration with HGHW’s Girls Advisory Board, created Powered By Girl (PBG), a media activism website for teen girls.

Dr. Brown received her doctorate from Harvard University in human development and psychology and was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girl’s Development.

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