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21st Century Girlhood – Week 7

What we did

This week, we brainstormed for our upcoming focus groups. The first one will hopefully include some middle schoolers. Getting their perspective, as they are in the midst of girlhood, will be interesting. The next focus group will be with a group of young women traveling from NYC to visit Harvard and the MIT MediaLab. We have different activities planned for each group and we hope they will be as informative and interesting as our first focus group.

What went well

It feels as if we are finally getting into the swing of things. We have moved past the purely abstract phase. The ball is rolling and we are on our way.

What was challenging

Getting traction on our blog will be our next step once our blog is more fleshed out with more content. Right now, it is looking pretty bare. We will need to figure out a way to get people to make submissions.

What’s up next

We have some blog posts in the works (stay tuned for baby photos) and we want to start getting more content on our website. The two upcoming focus groups will ideally help us generate some new ideas.

21st Century Girlhood – Week 5 + 6

With a week off from school for Spring Break, we too took a break from all things 21st Century Girlhood. Now that we are back, we are ready to get back in the swing of things and start tackling our project again.

First up, we are going to have a tutorial on how to construct oral histories. Oral histories are a way of documenting history through planned interview and they are a possible format for our project. We are really looking forward to learning more about oral histories and how to go about constructing them.

Up next, we hope to have more focus groups soon.  Our last one was very informative and talking to a greater range of age groups will be even better.

21st Century Girlhood – Week 3

What we did

During our meeting this week, we continued to flesh out our ideas of what we want our project to be. We decided that we will pursue a multimedia platform — possibly a “tumblr-esque” blog. We also worked out the details of our focus group that we will be having this Friday.

What went well

Every new detail that we nail down is a huge step towards turning our unformed ideas into something real. We’ve even started thinking of domain/blog names for our project.

What was challenging

Our biggest challenge now is preparing for our focus group. This will be my first time facilitating one so it will interesting. We need to focus on about what we want to gain from it and what questions we want to ask the group.

What’s up next

We are really excited about our upcoming focus group. Having the chance to talk to high-schoolers will give us some direction on what type of project would be most meaningful to them.

21st Century Girlhood – Week 1

Meet the Team!

My name is Elizabeth Yemane and I am a sophomore living in the Dudley Co-op. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area and am currently studying Applied Math with an application in Global Health. I am interested in the role of technology in our daily lives and how that can be leveraged to maximize well-being.

My name is Maddy Stern and I am a  freshman from Northampton MA living in Wigglesworth. I am thinking of concentrating in government although as of now still undeclared. I am very excited to be a part of this program and am looking forward to working with the institute and the young girls who will be part of the program.

What we did

We meet for the first time as a team last week. We got to discuss our thoughts on what it means to be a girl in the 21st century and its intersection with technology and media. The leadership of our project had a last minute change so now we have a lot of freedom to define and shape exactly what we want this project to be. There are a million different directions we can take this, so seeing how it turns out will be exciting!

What went well

Both of us were on the same page with what we want our project to include. For example, we know we want to directly engage with girls in middle or high school. They know better than anyone what girlhood entails and interacting with them will be integral to our project. We also want our project to culminate with a finished product, as opposed to something that is only theoretical. This could possibly be something the girls can take back to their own schools and communities.

What was challenging

At this point, all our ideas are pretty nebulous and we don’t have a specific plan of action. If we want to create a physical end-product to our project, what do we want it to be? We could make a website, an app, another blog, a video, etc. The platforms to choose from are endless.  We have been looking at past campaigns the address girlhood and its challenges (Ban Bossy, TedTalks) to see which ones have been the most effective.

What’s up next

The next step will be pinning down exactly what we want to do, on what platform, and then to carry it out.