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Kathy Magnuson & Norma Smith Olson

by Kathy Magnuson & Norma Smith Olson

How did you feel when you were a girl? Carefree? Bold? Silly or goofy? How do you feel about that time in your life now?

Passionate, caring, thoughtful and smart are words we'd use to describe the young women who share their stories in this girl-themed issue. They inspire us. They are wise beyond their years. They give us hope.

Look into the eyes of the young girl on the cover. The painting uses vibrant colors to express the strength of youth, and yet her eyes convey a depth of knowing. She's an old soul.

Several stories in this August issue share the voices of girls who are strong and knowing. They share their passions and concerns. Tierney writes about her passion for dance-how it makes her feel good both physically and mentally. But she also writes about the sense of community she gets through dance. "Dancing involves putting my trust in others. Working as a team teaches you where you belong, whether it's in front and center or off to the back. ... Without you there's a prominent gap."

Izabella displayed critical thinking when a friend shared with her that she was beaten by her mother. Having absorbed knowledge when Izabella sat in with her own mother at board meetings of a domestic abuse shelter, she knew to share this information rather than keep it secret. This "knowing" and action got her friend to a safer place. Women who care deeply about girls have something to say in this issue too. You'll find a tablemat to cut out and use to get talking with your teens, about everything from favorite colors to pregnancy prevention.



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Have things changed for girls in the past 20 years? Nancy Gruver, founder of New Moon Girl Media, gives us her perspective. Equality for men and boys? MaryAnn Baenninger, president of the College of Saint Benedict, gives us her perspective. Carefree is not the word we'd use to describe girls who are trafficked in Minnesota. Beatriz Menanteau gives us information on this hidden side of many girls' lives.

What brings out the girl in you?

Coming up:
September is all about picking up your power. When was a time you picked up your power? Tell us about it. Send a paragraph or two to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: August 10, 2011
September Advertising Guides:
• Consignment & Thrift Guide
• Elder Guide
• Spirituality Guide
Deadline: August 10, 2011

Watch for the annual Women's Directory in the September issue!

In October the theme is comfort zone.
When have you stepped out of your comfort zone? Tell us about it. Send a paragraph or two to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: September 10, 2011
October Advertising Guides:
• Grrrls Go Green Guide
• Health Guide
• Home Guide
• Women and Pets Guide
Deadline: September 10, 2011

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