Over the course of working on the Hidden World of Girls series we’ve come across so many remarkable people, organizations and resources. Below is the beginning of a list. We hope you’ll help us add to it. Who else is doing inspiration work that we should know about?


Women’s Studies/Women’s Resources Site
Half the Sky
The Girl Project
Women’s eNews
See Jane Do
Girls Make Media
Girl Stories Comics
New Moon Girls
Smart Girls at the Party
Coconut Daughters
Blogs by Women
Teen Voices
gURL Online Community
Sadie Magazine
Lip Magazine
Council of Daughters
Teen Diaries, “The Ultimate Life Guide for Young Urban Women”
Girl Drive
Women of Color Media Justice Initiative
W-Women Globally


Women in the World
Kakenya’s Dream
Women’s Refugee Commission
Iraqi Widows Organization
The Women’s Media Center
Bay Area Women in Film and Media
Brava! For Women in the Arts
Through Her Eyes
Girls for a Change
Girls Write Now
Photo Philanthropy
Hands In Outreach
The Girl Effect
Girls Inc.
Alternatives for Girls
Kindness International – Women Matter
Imagining Ourselves: A Global Generation of Women
Global Girl Media


Sophia Smith Collection, Women’s History Archives, Smith College
The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe University
International Museum of Women
The National Women’s History Museum, Washington D.C.
Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York, NY
The Gender, Diversities & Technology Institute, Newton MA
The National Council for Research on Women, New York, NY
The National Women’s Studies Association, College Park, MD
The Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa
The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University
Nevada Women’s Archives, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University, Chicago
Gender and Women’s Studies Collection, University of California, Berkeley
Gender and Women’s Studies Media Resource Center, Moffit Library, University of California, Berkeley
Women’s Archive and Research Center, University of Houston
Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Resources in Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

The Reading List

Aapola, S., Harris, A., and Gonick, M. Young Femininity: Girlhood, Power and Social Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Bhreatnach, Aoife. Becoming Conspicuous: Irish Travellers, Society and the State. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2006.

Brown, Kathleen. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill, 1996.

Brown, Lyn Mikel. Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls’ Anger. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1998.

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. New York: Random House, 1997.

Carroll, Rebecca. Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1997.

Cooper, Carolyn. Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Costa, Temra. Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2010.

Edut, Ophira, ed. Body Outlaws: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity. Seattle: Seal, 2000.

Forman-Brunell, Miriam. Babysitter: An American History. New York: NYU Press, 2009.

Garbarino, James. See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.

Gelman, Rita Goldman. Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010.

Gray, Heather M. and Phillips, Samantha. Real Girl/Real World: Tools for Finding Your True Self. Seattle, Wash.: Seal 1998.

Greenfield, Lauren. Girl Culture. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2002. Thin. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2007.

Greenlaw, Lavinia. The Importance of Music to Girls. New York: Picador, 2007.

Griest, Stephanie. 100 Places Every Woman Should Go. Palo Alto: Solas House, Inc.,2007.

Harris, Anita. All About the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity. Oxford: Routledge. 2004. & Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Routledge. 2003.

Helleiner, Jane. Irish Travellers: Racism and the Politics of Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

Hesse-Biber, Sharlene. Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity. New York: Oxford UP, 1996.

Holiday, Erika and Rosenberg, Joan. Mean Girls, Meaner Women: Understanding Why Women Backstab, Betray, and Trash-Talk Each Other and How to Heal. Orchid Press, 2009.

Holmes, Rachel. The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman. London: Bloomsbury, 2007.

Inness, Sherrie. Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls’ Cultures. New York: New York UP, 1998.

Jiwani, Y., Mitchell, C. and Steenbergen, C. Girlhood: Redefining the Limits. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2005.

Kashani-Sabet, Firoozeh. The Politics of Reproduction: Maternalism and Women’s Hygiene in Iran, 1896-1941. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 38. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Kristof, Nicholas and WuDunn, Sheryl. Half the Sky: Turning Opression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

Lightfoot, Cynthia. The Culture of Adolescent Risk-Taking. New York: The Guilford Press, 1997.

Lipkin, Elline. Girls’ Studies. Berkeley: Seal Press, 2009.

Loomans, Diane and Loomans, Julia. Full Esteem Ahead: 100 Ways to Build Self-Esteem in Children & Adults. Tiburon, Calif.: H.J. Kramer Inc., 1994.

Mackler, Carolyn. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick, 2003.

Marck, Bernard. Women Aviators: From Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride, Making History in Air and Space. Paris: Flammarion, 2009.

Mazzarella, Sharon. 20 Questions About Youth and the Media. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2007.

Mazzarella, Sharon and Pecora, Norma, eds. Growing Up Girls: Popular Culture and the Construction of Identity. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1999.

McPhee, Jenny, Laura McPhee, and Martha McPhee. Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. New York: Random House, 2000.

Mitchell, Claudia and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh. Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2008.

Morgan, Sarah Fowler. Morgan’s War: Volume 1 – A Confederate Girl’s Diary. Fireship Press, 2009.

Negra, Diana. What a Girl Wants?: Fantasizing the Reclamation of Self in Postfeminism. Routledge, 2008.

Orenstein, Peggy. Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. New York: Anchor Books,1995.

Pough, Gwendolyn D.  Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip-hop Feminism Anthology. Parker  Publishing, 2007.

Rose, Tricia. Longing to Tell: Black Women’s Stories of Sexuality and Intimacy. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003.

Ross Leadbeater, Bonnie and Way, Niobe, eds. Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Rountree, Wendy. Just Us Girls: The Contemporary African American Young Adult Novel. Peter Lang, 2008.

Scanlon, Jennifer. Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Schick-Grehl, Leni and Ginsberg, Rita, Love. War and Curling Irons: A Memoir. Trafford Publishing, 2008.

Severson, Kim. Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life. New York: Riverhead Books, 2010.

Shandler, Sara. Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self. New York: Harper Collins, 1999.

Simmons, Rachel. Odd Girl Out. New York: Harcourt, 2002.

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Crown Publishing, 2010.

Stolzoff, Norman. Wake the Town and Tell the People: Dancehall Culture in Jamaica. Duke University Press, 2000.

Stone, Tanya Lee. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Candlewick, 2009.

Sweeney, Kathleen. Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age. Peter Lang Publishing, 2008.

Tannen, Deborah. You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. Random House, 2006.

Vida, Vendela. Girls on the Verge: Debutante Dips, Gang Drive-Bys, and Other Initiations. New York: St. Martins Press, 1999.

Ware, Carolyn. Cajun Women and Mardi Gras: Reading the Rules Backwards, University of Illinois Press, 2007.

Weinbaum, Alys Eve, ed, et al. The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity and Globalization. Duke University Press, 2009.

Yalom, Marilyn. Birth of the Chess Queen: A History. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.

Yolen, Jane and Pratt, Christine Joy. Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World. Charlesbridge Publishing, 2009.


Lady Saw
Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa
Queen Ifrica
The Penguin Café Orchestra
Meklit Hadero
Lila Downs
Asha Bhosle
Faye Carol
for additional musicians see also our extended list on Girls on Your Turntable


CD Wright
Amy Tan
Pat Cadigan
Ursula Le Guin
Tamora Pierce
Madeleine L’Engle
Octavia Butler
Germaine Greer


Deborah Luster
Graciela Iturbide
Mary Ellen Mark
Vivian Maier
Sandra Wong Geroux
Lauren Greenfield
Shadi Ghadirian
Carrie Mae Weems
Berenice Abbott
Lisette Model
Dorothea Lange
Margaret Bourke-White
Imogen Cunningham
Judy Dater
Annie Leibovitz
Francesca Woodman
Diane Arbus
Cindy Sherman
Lee Miller
Alice Austen
Anne Hamersky
Mary Ellen Mark
Nan Goldin
Sally Mann
Tina Modotti
Mimi Chakarova
Maise Crow
Gertrude Käsebier
Frances Benjamin Johnston
Barbara Morgan
Alisa Wells
Bea Nettles
Maude Schuyler Clay
Martine Franck
Maggie Lee Sayre


Christina Kim
Sabrina Jones
Maira Kalman
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Maliheh Afnan
Natalie Chanin
Judith Belzer


Women Rising Series
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