11 Empowering #GirlsAreWatching Tweets From The Women In The World Summit

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(Image: getty images)

(Image: getty images)

The 5th annual Women in the World Summit is happening now, and if you aren’t already aware of what that means, listen up.  The summit addresses everything from the hypersexualization of young girls to the war in Syria, and helps shape issues affecting women all over the world.

You might recall last fall when Rashida Jones opined in Glamour magazine about the problem she has with pop stars, the young girls who adore and emulate them, and thus initiated a dialogue on changing the way we define “sexy.”  This afternoon, Rashida joined a panel of women including Mika Brzezinski and Tomi-Ann Roberts, author of “The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences and Resistance” for a panel entitled “What are We Telling Our Daughters?”  The hashtag “#girlsarewatching” was born, and so were many empowering and encouraging tweets from women, mothers, grandmothers, and teens all over the world.

Maybe I’m not a mother yet, but I’m an older sister, an aunt, a daughter, and a grandaughter who has faced some of the issues discussed first-hand, and I, like most of us, am incredibly passionate about continuing this dialogue.  Follow #girlsarewatching on Twitter and join in:

1.  The Selfie Situation, Amended

2.  I know this is true because I’ve (shamefully) found one that makes you skinnier. Ugh.

3. This is awesome.

4.  What a refreshing (if slightly pessimistic and depressing) way of thinking about your body.


5. Raise your hand if you’re guilty. And honestly, most of this can be attributed to watching my mother criticize herself in the mirror repeatedly growing up.

6. I think this is a much bigger issue with a much younger audience than we realize.

7. Dear Lord, help me and my future son get through this awkward time. Xo, Cassy

8. I blame the Puritans for everything related to this problem.


9. Solid point.

10. So frightening, but so true.  I know toddlers who already have a pretty large social media footprint.


11. Can we all start a slow clap for Mika, please?