Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power
A variety of organizations now support girls and women in creating online campaigns to counter widespread problems like sexual violence.
If one were to take cues from pop culture alone, the state of young women today might seem rather grim. Miley Cyrus’s highly controversial, bizarre and hypersexualized dance moves at the recent MTV Video Music Awards was only the latest in a long list of incidents in which teenage girls are portrayed as more concerned with getting attention than with being genuinely powerful.
But the disproportionate amount of ink and pixels spilled on famous and — let’s face it — confused girls like Cyrus distracts from the more interesting work of so-called ordinary girls — like 22-year-old Carmen Rios.
Rios is a member of SPARK, a nonprofit organization that trains girls from 13 to 22 years old, to be activists. …