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Free Activity Book: “More Than Just a Girl”

Six years ago I started a new job at a resource and counseling center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Growing up I was well aware of these problems. When I was a baby my mother and her friends started a shelter for abused women, I personally knew women who had escaped abuse and was friends with girls who had been sexually molested. Despite this knowledge I was not prepared for the mass of victims living full of pain, who walked in and out of our doors every day.

After a year of working at the center I wanted to focus on prevention so I started creating this book. The response for it was so great that I was inspired to do more. A year later I became a certified self-defense instructor. Now I’ve decided to give this book for free so that more girls can grow up knowing they deserve to be safe from violence, learn healthy self-care actions, and enter into relationships with those who respect them.

I have been selling this book along with the curriculum for youth leaders since 2010, but now it’s yours free. There’s no need to sign up or give your email address. Just click on the book image or link below to be directed to the official download page.

More Than Just a Girl” covers serious topics such as self-defense, domestic violence, sexual assault and body image. It also offers creative activities, journal pages, encouragement, positive images, and help line resources.

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More Than a Girl: Mo’ne, the Little League Superstar Who Throws Like A Girl

In 2014, youth baseball will be remembered as the year Mo’ne Davis broke social norms and helped her team win the Little League World Series. She is one of just two girls who played in the series this year out of 18 girls that have played throughout the series’ history. While being a girl player captured media attention, what got her to the series and put her on the cover of Sports Illustrated is her precise and strong pitching talent. She has a 70mph fastball while the average for Little League is 50mph.

An honor student as well as talented athlete her favorite sport is actually basketball and she wants to play in the WNBA. While she loves sports, what’s important to her is having fun and not stressing over the pressure to always be the best. Winning is important to her, but so is having fun “It’s not all about being serious and it’s not all about being the best, I mean you always have to laugh.” says Mo’ne, “No matter if you’re a boy or a girl just go for it because you never know what may happen.”

While it’s important to see girls and women given equal chances as boys and men, ultimately this is a story of an amazing pitcher. Watch a short documentary about Mo’ne at “Mo’ne Davis: Throw Like A Girl” on YouTube.

We are more than JUST girls, we are half the population. If you need some guidance or inspiration grab your copies of “More Than Just a Girl” and “Fierce: A New Generation of Female Empowerment” at

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Women Roar: Suey Park is Not Your Asian Sidekick

In 2013 Suey Park tweeted “#NotYourAsianSidekick” and blew a breath of fresh air into American feminism. Put off by the standard of Asian women as tokens in white womens feminism, her goal is to create a space where Asian-American women lead and include everyone as equally important.

Why “Not Your Asian Sidekick” instead of “Asian American Feminist”? Suey created a hashtag that would be easily accepted and used by those who weren’t comfortable or who didn’t feel safe using feminism as a label. “I think for a lot of women who don’t feel like they can really come out as feminist, #NotYourAsianSidekick is a way to come into that conversation.” She also wanted to appeal to young girls and send the message that the destructive “submissive Asian” stereotype and cultural pressure to act “Asian” weren’t their only options; “There is no model for what an Asian American is.”

Flack from some so-called progressive whites and even Asians accused her of not trying hard enough to rise above hurdles, as if racism in feminism(and society at large) was no longer a real issue. Hopefully as a reader of this blog you understand that is far from true and have probably heard the slogan “Racism isn’t over, but I’m over racism”. Suey fought more than her share of racism from her peers along with pressure from her Korean-American culture and wanting to please her parents who sacrificed so she could have a better life. She never felt smart enough with math and science so she focused on her beauty and developed an eating disorder for several years. Now that she focuses on inner growth she can move past material ideas and be a part of the gender equality movement. Read her full article on

Almost 2 years later Suey Park is still going strong by adding more activism to her tweetivism. She continues to push conversations about feminism while facing down haters which sadly are a part of all social justice movements, why can’t we all get along?! Her latest blog post reminds us not to fight other feminists, but if we do, to attempt at reconciliation and find common ground to dismantle our common enemy. “The enemy is white supremacy. The enemy is patriarchy. These structures of violence not only create economic violence, death and inequity, but we would do well to realize the strains it puts between marginalized people.” Read her full post at and follow her on

We are more than JUST girls, we are half the population. If you need some guidance or inspiration grab your copies of “More Than Just a Girl” and “Fierce: A New Generation of Female Empowerment” at

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Second More Than a Girl Sweepstakes

What does it mean to be empowered?   How does it feel to be empowered?

Answer one (or both) of these questions to win a copy of the book “I Am More Than Just a Girl”. Every two weeks a winner will be randomly chosen to receive a signed book.  The next winner will be chosen on November 10th.  The sweepstakes gives girls and young women a voice and an opportunity to learn and share diverse ideas about empowerment. It is free to enter and open to all US residents ages 13 and older.

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Prose and Poetry Empowers

I am so honored to be a part of this post on the Somkritya blog.

Why are we teaching children to be so awful to one another and to judge so harshly based on appearances or economic status? I think it is mostly laziness and fear of anything different. I suppose that since I grew up in a multicultural and racially diverse family that is something I cannot understand. Doesn’t everybody realize how awesome it is to have family and friends who are different, but still love you?

I was that girl and young woman that was scared, picked on and assaulted at such a young age that my self esteem was dropped on the floor of my room every time I left the house. Not until I was about 28 did I start realizing that all this negativity I was living in and telling myself was not my only choice.

Even though I grew up with a very independent, feminist, loving supportive mom and family, the outside influences of my peers and assorted adults had as much impact. At home I was told how beautiful, smart, and funny I was and I could feel the love. Despite this, I had no confidence when I met obstacles like bullies, oppression, and hatred for just being me. I just hope that the young women who read his book feel empowered and informed. I want young women to feel confident at any age and not wait so long like I did. My book is not the only answer, but it is a start and a ripple that I believe can really create a positive difference.

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Four Books

This week I mailed out four copies of my book, I Am More Than Just a Girl. One is going to a friend who has lots of friends in high places and the other three are going to youth organizations. Yippeee!!

These books will go to the Fred Finch Youth Center in San Diego, Voices for Society in New York, and Butterflies and Wildflowers Empowerment Network for Girls in Missouri.

I also sold 2 books online to a mystery buyer. My book may not be on the best seller list, but I WILL complete my goal of getting one million copies made and out there so more young women can have more resources and more tools to create self confidence and success in all areas of their lives.

Creating and sharing this book is such a good feeling in my heart. I have waited so long for this feeling and I am not going to let it and I am going to treat me great! I finally feel like I own my life.  I am no longer waiting for something to happen. It is happening. I am king it happen and I have some wonderful people helping me succeed.


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Collaborating with Youth Mentoring

More Than Just a Girl is featured on the website Youth Mentoring Ideas,

We are collaborating together and so I have featured them on my website:

I want to support  young women more resources so they can be strong independent individuals AND support other businesses at the same time.  Years ago I read a book titled, Blue Ocean Strategy, and the main point of this book was that there is enough room for everyone to be success. It doesn’t say competition is wrong, but shows that there are other ways to succeed.  Since I am naturally not competitive, but love to play, this is the best way for me to grow my own business.

When was the last time you collaborated with stellar results?

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Books a Plenty

I delivered 10 books to a group of lovely young women that I used to work with.  They were very receptive and excited to get the book. I can hardly wait to hear their opinions of it.

I have a box of envelopes stuffed with books and curriculum that will head out to various youth organizations from San Francisco to Pennsylvania.   I have another smaller box of envelopes stuffed with books that will be going to various magazines, including Ms. Magazine.  I talked to an associate editor at Ms. and am very anxious to hear their opinion of the book. My goal is to have I Am More Than Just a Girl featured in a popular national magazine or 10.

I also have one for the Ellen show. I want to talk about my book on her show. I love Ellen. She is such a positive person and of course hilarious.

I even sold a book. It will be going to a young woman whose aunt really wants her to have this book.  Things are looking up and I am in a great mood as I have been since writing my book.

Soon the only book in my room will be my personal copy.


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How To Fundraise

Here is a list of ways you can help distribute 150 books to youth organizations across the USA. Feel free to pick as many actions as you like. If you have any questions about these actions just ask. Your support is greatly appreciated and will have a powerful ripple effect of empowering young women.

1) Donate just $5 via PayPal or with a credit card at: If every single person I know donates  just $5 then I can publish 300 books. You can also donate by check. Write me an email for my address to: investing in women

2)Share my blog post with people. Either share the link in an email or on a social network. just a few short sentences about why this book is important to you. Make it personal.

3) Join our Facebook page and share it with all your friends.

4)Use the text below these suggestions in an email that you send out and ask others to pass along to all the “Women”, “Mothers”, “Fathers”, “Daughters”, “Youth Leaders” etc. you know.

5)A little bit from a lot of people can make this fundraiser happen! Start a “Change Drive” Ask everyone you know to donate their spare change, collect it, take it to the bank and then donate via my website or send me a check.

6) Send the information about my free book to youth organizations you volunteer with or that you like.

7) Share my campaign with your local news media, women’s rights advocates, children’s rights activists and celebrities you admire.

8)Share one of my YouTube videos with your network.

9)Make a video about my campaign and the book. Upload it to YouTube and then send it to everyone you know.

10)Hire me to start and maintain a social media marketing campaign for your organization.

11) Download unique digital art for a $1 donations on my site,

Send this text below as an email and ask your friends to also send this email.
Want to help publish this great book, I Am More Than Just a Girl ?   It provides resources, information, advice and creative exercises to empower women with the knowledge to make their own informed decisions. 
I won’t go into depressing statistics of how often young women are abused, assaulted and oppressed. You don’t need me to remind you that until recently women had very little rights as equals and in some countries are still considered objects that can be owned.  Society encourages us to be outwardly successful, to make lots of money and then we will be happy. We are not often encouraged to find inner success in the forms of knowledge, happiness and emotional health.
The author, Leah Oviedo, wants to give a free copy of her book to organizations that work with youth in the USA. With your support we can make this happen.  150 books will be given (for free) to youth organizations.  50 books will be given (for free) to young women that are unable to join such organizations. The remaining 100 will be sold and the profit used to buy more books. Later this year Leah would like to have the book translated into other languages so more young women can have access to the book. Currently, young women and parents can read the book online for free,
An important part of life is to help others feel empowered. We need a total of $1,800 to accomplish our goal. Shout it out on your Facebook pages, donate $5 online or send a check (email: investing in women@ gmail .com for the address). Visit, to see what perks you will receive for helping publish this important book. If you will join, our goal is to raise the full amount by the end of March.
Read the book for free and pass it on!  Share it with parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, older sisters and brothers, teachers, community leaders, youth organizations and young women. Now is the time to take action! We can no longer wait for someone else to empower the next generation of women. As the saying goes, YOU must be the change you want in this world. If you believe this book is a must have for young women, get involved today.  To follow the progress of the campaign subscribe to the authors blog(
Pass this on to 10 other people and together we can make the world a brighter place.

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Free Books For Youth

Do you work with youth?

Would you like a free copy of my book to empower young women?

I will be giving away a copy of my book, I Am More Than Just a Girl” to 150 youth organizations.  If you would like a free copy use the Contact Page. I will return your email as soon as possible.  Organizations that charge young women for services may not participate in this free offer.

This is a book to empower young women with information, creative exercises and loving acceptance. There are fun activities and journal pages so you can be creative. The book is intended for residents of the USA, because of the hotline resources listed inside. Still any young woman can read this book, there are even some young men that could read it and learn. You can read the complete book for free at

Topics Covered in This Book: *Positive thinking *Self Defense *Beauty and Image *Anger and Stress Management *Confidence *Women’s rights *Career *Education *Empowerment *Individualism *Volunteer and Community involvement *Acceptance of others *Sexual assault *Domestic violence and Bullying

Resources and Creative Exercises included in this book: *Journal Pages *Self expression *Affirmations *Inspirational and motivational activities *Meditation *Self defense guide with instructional images *National Hot-lines

This book is part of a project to encourage more young women to be strong, independent and intelligent. I want women to feel empowered, keep informed and be equal. I want you to know and feel that as an individual you matter and with the tools in the book you can accomplish your dreams that may seem out of reach. Realize that circumstances such as your economic situation, race, culture upbringing and prejudice do not have to control your life.

Since I am in the process of raising funds to publish enough books they will not be available until late Spring.  However I am starting my campaign in a few days and want to show people where the books are going.  If you want a book sign up now in the comment section before we get 150 requests.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Organizations who will receive a free book will be listed here:

To get your book faster and to learn more about this campaign visit my blog post “300 Books”,