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Girl Power

Jessica Markowitz, 12, in front in red, ROCKS.  She and the other girls in the photo above, who all attend Seattle Girls School, learned of the genocide in Rwanda and of all of the girls like them, their age, left orphaned and in danger of being sold into slavery and contracting HIV.  Jessica created a slide show which she showed to her sixth grade class, then handed out applications to be part of a girls group she was starting to help Rwandan girls, “Richard’s Rwanda”.  Via bake sales and other fundraisers, they have so far raised $1,000, enough to supply 10 Rwanda girls with basic school supplies:  pencils, backpacks, T-shirts and $30 school fees.  Jessica is the real deal; when she won a $500 award, she divided it between her group members and her organization. 

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8 thoughts on “Girl Power

  1. wow—that’s fabulous! I love to hear of young people completing actual actions–it warms my heart. It’s also nice to hear *positive* news on a feminist blog for a change.🙂

    Posted by Laur | September 22, 2007, 10:09 pm
  2. This is SO GOOD to read about. Bless you for sharing, and especially her for her true heart and mind. You have a good life ahead of you, Jessica.

    Posted by Maggie Jochild | September 22, 2007, 10:40 pm
  3. Well done, Jessica! The world needs people like you. Much love to you.

    Posted by Laurelin | September 23, 2007, 2:22 am
  4. Congratulations from me too, and THANK YOU Jessica. Amazing, true Amazon Girl.

    Posted by Sis | September 23, 2007, 3:37 am
  5. She’s fab! Go Jessica!

    Posted by Gayle | September 23, 2007, 12:44 pm
  6. Wow! And she’s only 12.

    *small sob*

    Posted by sparklematrix | September 23, 2007, 1:40 pm
  7. I’ll be showing my 12 year old daughter this.

    Posted by Pramiti | September 25, 2007, 6:59 pm
  8. Yeah, Pramiti, I showed Mags (who is 9, for people reading) and she LOVED it. She said, “I’m going to tell people who hate kids about this!”

    Sad that that’s the first thing she thinks of though. 😦

    Posted by womensspace | September 25, 2007, 7:11 pm

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