Welcome to the “500 Blog-Raiser Challenge”!
Hello. I am an artist, author and human rights advocate in San Diego, CA and I need YOUR WORDS. My book, I Am More Than Just a Girl, is to encourage girls and young women to make healthy decisions that will empower them to have a life filled with confidence, the ability to defend themselves both with words and actions and a compassionate acceptance of others. This book means a lot to me and is part of a project I have been working on since my teenage years.
With your help on this blog-raiser, young girls and parents can learn about the book and read it for free online. You will not be asked to give any money to join this challenge or read the book.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AND WHAT DO YOU GET IN RETURN?
We need journalists and everyday writers to blog about the book so more young women can learn about it. 500 blog posts is no easy feat. I need your help to make this happen. I am not asking for money, only a small amount of your time to write a blog post or ask a blog you like if they will support this book.
In appreciation of your support, I will give you an eBook to pass along when you refer someone who writes a blog post.
For everyone who blogs about the book they will receive an honorary blog post on this blog and a link on the More Than a Girl website.
WHY IS THIS CAMPAIGN IMPORTANT?
From as early as 5 years of age, girls and young women are bombarded with a message that they are not good enough and that if they act sexy they will be loved. We teach them they have to be aggressive, but agreeable. That they can be happy if they wear makeup and the right clothes and are good. They are told not to look “slutty”, but constantly shown women wearing revealing clothing. They are told that they are beautiful and then inundated with images of surgically altered or unattainable bodies. This back and forth, yes and no culture causes low self esteem and a constant doubt about whether or not they are good enough.
Even if you are an attentive parent, you are not the only influence on your child’s life. Without information, resources and encouragement, young women only know what they are taught by the media and their peers. My book offers realistic and compassionate advice along with creative exercises to get readers interested.
Young women who are not given the right tools become depressed, do not finish school, become pregnant before they are emotionally ready to be a parent, turn to drugs and alcohol and above all else are unhappy. A community with doubting, unhappy women affects everyone.
This is not a self help book. This is a guide that can be used for a young woman’s entire life. Topics include self defense, domestic violence and bullying, sexual assault, career and education, acceptance of others, stress management, self expression and beauty and body image. Readers are encouraged to try several creative exercises such as journaling, meditation, and self expression to bring these important issues into their daily lives.
Don’t have a blog and still want to help?
Share my campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Linked In, Google+ and anywhere you spend time online. Email your network and let them know what an awesome project this is and how many young women will benefit from the book.
For every single book sold, I pledge to donate $1 to an organization or school that empowers youth.
**Please make sure to link back to one of these links in your blog post:
The 500 Blog-Raiser and every post associated with it will be publicized at the following locations:
Read the book for free here: More Than a Girl
How to get started? Check out the book online and share your favorite part. You can also review the whole book. If you want to share negative reviews, please be sure to use positive counter views.
You can download this picture to use in your post.