Girl Noticed addresses the need for individuals in communities to pause, acknowledge and appreciate each other. Focusing on girls and women of all ages we show young girls by example the importance of recognizing their value. A National poll recently stated that 74% of girls say they are under pressure to please everyone. The National Institute on Media and the Family stated that 53% of American girls age 13 are “unhappy with their bodies”. This grows to 78% by the time girls reach age 17. The statistics, endless and staggering, all point to the fact that as females we are constantly comparing and criticizing ourselves trying to fit the norms our society has put into place. Girl Noticed urges us to recognize we are ENOUGH just the way we are. By participating in our mural events and workshops women of all ages become aware of how they view themselves, but more importantly how they would like to be viewed or “noticed”.
Pride, self determination, self worth.
We can not minimize the potential impact this self awareness has on a young girl. Bring Girl Noticed to your community and be the difference in a girls life. As she grows and learns, so will her community grow and learn. She will be someone who makes a significant difference in her own life, the lives of those around her and quite possibly the world.
Girl Noticed at Hardy Middle School in Jackson, MS. Oct. 2019
City leaders and community partners celebrated Girl Noticed’s creation of an inspiring and empowering mural at Jackson Public Schools‘ Hardy Middle School in West Jackson, funded in part by Greater Jackson Arts Council and Visit Jackson, MS. The mural recognized Margaret Walker (born 1915), novelist, poet, scholar, and teacher, best known for her Civil War novel Jubilee (1963) and for her powerful collection of poetry about racial affirmation, For My People (1942). Ms. Walker looks with pleasure at the silhouette of a young girl reading. This girl is meant to be a representation of all the girls at Hardy Middle School and to serve as a reminder as they enter their school that knowledge and an education can empower them to do anything.
Girl Noticed is a community mural and arts outreach project, traveling the globe to build and maintain a world better informed about the positive impact the simple act of “noticing” a girl has. Every girl, just the way she is, has something about her worth noticing. Girl Noticed makes the bold statement that it is a community’s responsibility to notice. By empowering girls and women we highlight and recognize the value they add to a community and the world.