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Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the GirlZone

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This book explores the rise and fall of a grassroots, girl-centered organization, GirlZone, which sought to make social change on a local level. Whether skateboarding or designing Web pages, celebrating in weekend GrrrlFests or producing a biweekly RadioGirl program, participants in GirlZone came to understand themselves as competent actors in a variety of activities they ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by State University of New York Press (first published March 1st 2008)
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Elevate Difference
Apr 18, 2009 Elevate Difference rated it liked it
Set in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies follows the short life GirlZone, a nonprofit in Central Illinois. Founded by two women living in Urbana-Champaign, GirlZone offered nontraditional workshops and other hands-on learning opportunities for girls in the area and its outskirts. Ranging from skateboarding lessons to a bi-weekly radio show, GirlZone sounds like it was very cool indeed.

I was really excited to receive this book, but it was disappointing in
Megan Adams
Feb 28, 2013 Megan Adams rated it really liked it
I appreciated Sheridan's explanations of a community group aimed at promoting feminism and literacy to young girls. Her thorough descriptions and prose made the book easy to follow and engage with as I read. My favorite section was the "Coda" section, where Sheridan grapples with the demise of the group and how to define/explain its success. She also spends time in the section detailing what we can learn from the group's inability to maintain funding. I found this revelation useful, and respect ...more
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