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WhosthatGirl.jpgExcellent news! The Girl Scout Research Institute is celebrating its 10th Anniversary tomorrow, November, 4, with an exciting event "Who's that Girl? Self-Image in the 21st Century". This event will take place in New York City but we can join via Ustream at 5:30 p.m. central standard time when the panel begins. At the event, GSUSA will be releasing new findings from a new study on girls and social media, including this refreshing statistic:

"92 percent of girls would give up all of their social networking friends if it meant keeping their best friend." - Girl Scout Research Institute, 2010


On the Ustream, guests will be hearing from a panel of adult and girl culture experts including Emme, supermodel and founder, Body Image Council, Maya Enista, CEO,, Gabi Gregg, MTV Twitter Jockey, Peggy Orenstein, Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine; and Janie Victoria Ward, professor of education, Simmons College. We will also hear from a panel of girls from the New York City area.

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About "Watch What You Watch"

Girl Scouts of the USA, along with the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and The Creative Coalition, believe every child deserves to live in an environment that fosters confidence and character. We recognize that as children's media use continues to increase, all youth would benefit from experiencing healthy and positive messages about girls and women.

"Watch What You Watch" hopes to build awareness about the need to pay attention not to just what kids watch, but how they watch it. Now more than ever, tools such as media literacy, public education and career exploration can be invaluable to young people. "Watch What You Watch" offers a clearinghouse of resources and tools that girls, parents, communities, and the media industry can use to help young people encounter and use media content that inspires, empowers, and engages.

Girl Scouts Promoting Healthy Media Images

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls and a leading authority on their healthy growth and development. As the leading voice for girls, we are committed to addressing the issues important to girls, such as self-esteem and body image. Positive media messages could foster higher self-esteem and a positive body image for girls, while highlighting healthy relationships and strong role models. To improve girls' lives, Girl Scouts is raising awareness about the importance of promoting positive messages about girls and women.

"Watch What You Watch" also connects you to research, programs, and policies Girl Scouts is developing to elevate the importance of healthy media images. Our innovative research sheds light on the impact media can have on girls' body images, relationships, and overall health. The soon to be released program, It's Your Story- Tell It!, will create opportunities for girls to improve their self confidence and media literacy skills. The Girl Scout Advocacy Network offers a forum to take action on this topic.

It's time to instill more confidence and character in our girls, now more than ever. Recent polls have shown a conflicted relationship between girls and fashion, and how they feel about images in fashion. As a result, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has decided to host a panel to discuss fashion and media and its role in building positive self-esteem for girls. This event will highlight GSUSA's work in this area and the long-standing partnership with Dove Self-Esteem Fund. The event is not an attack on the fashion industry, but an opportunity to give a voice to girls who want real and natural images of women portrayed in fashion and media.  The event will be held on the eve of Fashion Week in New York City's Bryant Park and will feature the following guest panelists:


????         Crystal Renn, 'Plus-Size' Supermodel & Author

????         Jess Weiner, Author & Global Ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Fund

????         Jill Herzig, Executive Editor, Glamour Magazine

????         Kimberlee Salmond, Girl Scout Research Institute


This event will be an open platform discussion on self-esteem and girls. It will focus on the role we can all play in helping them define real beauty. You're invited to watch the event live on Wednesday, February 10 at 5 p.m. (CST). To watch log on to

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