“What Makes A Girl”
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The project demonstrates how many people, even women, argue about femininity. Some think that being "overly" feminine makes a woman seem like an attention-seeker. The demonization of femininity has caused girls to go against each other, deciding what we should and shouldn't like, wear, etc.
On the other hand, some girls that are not feminine get bashed for trying too hard to stand out and seem unique. They are also faced with pressure from others that think all women should be feminine. Girls should be supporting each other, especially since women already face so many other problems.
I felt that making a comic about this issue would be a good idea because it could show some of the points that both sides of the argument make, as well as why it is a problem.
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Kate is the Director of Instructional Design in the Boot Camps division of online education provider, 2U. She oversees the development of intensive short courses that teach adults in-demand technology skills. She's worked at the intersection of media, tech and education for over 15 years and obsesses over the ways those things influence our culture--and how we can harness them for good! Before working at 2U, Kate was lucky enough to geek out on this stuff with fellow nerds at Mouse, the San Francisco Film Society and the Jacob Burns Film Center.
If you continue working on these comics, I would love if the next one showed the blue and pink friends learning more details about one or two of the issues that the purple friend mentions here. For instance, maybe one of the them asks "What is the wage gap?" Then purple girl can explain the history behind unequal pay, how the gap that has persisted to this day, and how the gap is even greater for Black and Latina women than it is for White women! Then she can go in to some ways the girls can all work together to address the issue (contacting politicians, raising awareness, etc)!
A beautifully drawn comic with a nice message. Great work!
Cora is a creative lead with more than 10 years of experience designing consumer-facing, education, and enterprise digital products, as well as content, and branding. Currently she is the interaction design lead of Spaces, Google's product for chat and collaboration.
An educator for more than 25 years, I currently lead a team that provides academic and organizational supports to NYC’s alternative schools and programs. Prior to this role, I did similar work in Manhattan, as well as a citywide network of schools. My first love will always be School of the Future where I taught math and science, then served as middle school director.
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