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2014 SPARKteam apps are now open!

You’ve been asking, and the time is finally here! From today until May 7th, we’ll be accepting applications to join the SPARKteam. The SPARKteam is SPARK’s fuel; it’s what drives us and keeps us going. The SPARKteam is a core group of girls and young women ages 13-22 armed with fierce writing and creative arts [...]

“Low-Cut Shirts and High-Heeled Shoes”: A look at sexualization in teen magazines


by Kimberly Belmonte Have you heard that there’s no more photoshopping in American Eagle’s Aerie ads?  I think it’s a step in the right direction and it reminds me of SPARK activist Julia Bluhm’s petition to Seventeen magazine that led the company to issue a new policy against photoshopping its images.  While it’s totally awesome [...]

Talk to Her: Waria in Indonesia

Questions from "Talk to Her," via

by Dee Putri Waria is a term used in Indonesian for assigned-male-at-birth (AMAB) transgender people. It originally comes from words wanita (woman) and pria (man). (Indonesian loves to make acronyms, I’ll tell you.) Seeing waria on the street is not strange; I see them everyday working as pengamen – street performers. They usually sing in intersections or near food booths. I’d [...]

Your Words Matter: SPARK at Women in the World


by Mehar Gujral, Angela Batuure, and Crystal Ogar This past weekend, SPARK activists Angela Batuure and Mehar Gujral and SPARK Action Squad Coordinator Crystal Ogar were at the Women in the World Summit in New York City! While Angela and Mehar live blogged from the Women in the World Tumblr, Crystal spoke on a panel [...]

Why intergenerational feminism matters

Ty, far right, with SPARKteam girls Montgomery, Maddie, and Cheyenne

by Ty Slobe I can’t remember a time growing up when I didn’t idolize older girls. When I was in middle school, I dreamt of being in high school and having cool friends with licenses who frequented concerts and looked awesome at proms. When I was in high school, I dreamt of being in college [...]

#GirlsCan call out beauty marketers

#girlscan be punk but we knew that before covergirl

by Lilinaz Evans You may remember CoverGirl from our recent Capitol Cuties campaign, but today I wanted to talk about Covergirl’s newest ad campaign #GirlsCan. Here, in the campaign video there is a wealth of strong, high powered women–many of whom are self- proclaimed feminists, like Ellen DeGeneres or Janelle Monae, and all of whom [...]