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June 13, 2016

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like Natalie and Taylor

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like #MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson – Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker

Moxie Girl and The Astronaut
Moxie Girl and Agent of STEAM

“Black girls need to know that they matter.
They need to see examples of success, leadership,
achievement, sisterhood, compassion,
humanitarianism, in abundance so that they
can gain confidence in their ability to become
their best and greatest selves.”
Black Girls Rock Inc.
Founder Beverly Bond

The upcoming gathering of girls and women in the
United State of Women,
to be held in Washington D.C. on
Monday, June 13th 2016 shows that girls and
women can accomplish great things
in their communities, their cities, in their
schools, churches and across this nation.
The growing presence of girls and women
in STEM / STEAM related careers is expanding
girls and women opportunities to influence
the greater good of their professions and opening
doors for other girls and women to enter into
nontraditional careers.

Taylor and science
Taylor Richardson
JIW, Girl Scout, STEAM Agent
Community Activist, Future Astronaut

That perceivable “Glass Ceiling” has shattered
in millions of shards representing the
challenges that girls and women have
faced and continue to overcome.
This event will highlight the accomplishments,
challenges, excellence, intellect and intelligence
of girls and women.
Lead by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey,
Black  Girls Rock Inc. Founder Beverly Bond
and others accomplished women in their professions
ranging from education, technology, medicine,
science, politics, religion and the diverse careers
and entrepreneurial endeavors that girls and women
are involved in. Expanding their intellectual diversity
to show girls and women it is cool to be creative,
intellectual and an innovator in their

natalie 2
Natalie McGriff, Author, Speaker, Writer
Community Activist

As a parent and educator I hope this encourages
all girls of color and culture in Jacksonville,
Florida to excel academically and athletically.
Embracing their Nerdiness, Blerdiness, Geekiness,
and STEAMiness (Science Technology Engineering
Arts Mathematics  (Medicine).
Parents have a continued responsibility to encourage
their children to be engaged in learning every day.
Parents that have a struggling child in reading, math,
language arts and other academic areas will be held
accountable if their child is not successful in school,
their children are potentially being setup for under
employment, unemployment, and being left behind
economically and socially if they are unwilling to
work with educators to see that their children put
forth the effort to succeed and understand
the value of education.

This past school year should be an indication to
parents that if their daughter is not where they
are supposed to be academically and socially there
should be interventions during the summer to
prepare for the next school year. There are great
role models in  athletics and entertainment, but
there should be increased recognition
of the academic achievements and community
volunteering by our girls and women of color
and culture.

This blog shares the continued successes of
Natalie McGriff and Taylor Richardson and their
mothers who have been invited to Washington, D.C.
for their academic and community accomplishments.
To participate in this wonderful gathering of girls
and women that are accomplishing great things in
their communities, their schools, in their
churches and across this great nation.
“United State of Women”

14 reasons why we need to support all girls like
#MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM

  1. They are positive role models for girls and young women
    in their communities, in their city, in their state and nationally.
  2. Mainstream media does not always depict girls and women
    of color and culture in a positive light as they should. They
    are too often shown in poverty and uneducated.
  3. They give back to their community in examples of improving
    literacy, importance of reading, the value of comprehension
    and career choices in STEAM, STEM, STREAM, CSTEM
    STEM2 for girls and young women of color and culture.
  4. They are students in public education and are successful
    academically and in social behaviors.
  5. They experience the same challenges girls of color and
    culture experience every day related to hair, skin tones,
    language, economics and academics, they can relate to
    their sisters of color and culture in their struggles.
  6. They have mothers that are very supportive and sacrifice
    daily for their children’s success.
  7. They still experience “haters,” those that are jealous, and
    lost in low self-esteem, but still strive forward for success
    and providing positive self-esteem and cultural respect
    and value.


  8. They work to balance their academic lives by keeping
    school first.
  9. They continue to be humble in their accomplishments.
  10. Their participation in the media is a positive representation
    not only of being girls of color, but girls of intelligence and
  11. Their successes can be shared with boys of color and
    culture too inspire them as well.
  12. Their mothers keep life “real” about who they are and how
    the world may see them as well.
  13. They understand the importance of “sisterhood” and how
    girls of color and culture are sometimes targets of criticism,
    low expectations and culturally challenged.

    14. Their mothers show other mothers they should understand
    the commitment needed to help their children grow beyond
    their current levels of knowledge, ability and skill level.

The community should encourage all girls and boys of color
and culture to embrace their talents, skills and abilities.
Parents of color and culture need to reinforce that they have
a responsibility to lift each other up and not to hate on, gossip,
disrespect, negatively talk about those that are opening doors
that other girls and boys of color and culture can walk through.

Support Natalie and Taylor as they travel to
“The United State of Women” in Washington, D.C.
Monday, June 13th


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