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Annalise Keating and Claire Underwood aren’t “Strong Female Characters”–and that’s why I love them


by Annemarie McDaniel I watch quite a bit of TV, from the classic one-episode-a-week shows on primetime television to newer habits of binge-watching an entire season on Netflix. The shows I watch are all wonderful in their own unique ways, but there are two shows in particular I can’t stop obsessing over: How To Get [...]

I’m too young to vote, but I’m still stoked for Britain’s General Election

i mean, probably don't do this? but you get the appeal

by Georgia Luckhurst It’s funny, but until about two months ago, I really couldn’t have cared less about British politics. In the UK, where a historically two-party system forms our political culture, the political scene appeared tired to me: overwhelmingly dominated by middle-aged white men who didn’t really seem particularly interested in the lives of anyone who [...]

“I was writing books I wish I had when I was in high school”: an interview with author Sara Farizan


by Montgomery Jones Every month, the  SPARK Action Squad reads and discusses a book together as part of our monthly #SPARKreads book club. Last month, we read If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, a page turner of a novel about an Iranian high school girl, Sahar, who is in love with her best [...]

Guest blog: Speaking out is hard, but we have to do it

by Sara Gibbons Recently, three high school girls in South Portland, Maine spoke out about their right to not say the Pledge of Allegiance, and the backlash was truly astonishing. Online trolls commented on their story calling the girls “ingrates,” “witches,” and “attention whores.” If you spend any time on the Internet you’re I’m sure [...]

The Sisterhood of Night, like teen girls’ lives, is complex and complicated

by Georgia Luckhurst, Montgomery Jones, Dee Putri, and Elisabed Gedevanishvili When a teenage girl says she’s the victim of a secret network called The Sisterhood of Night, a quiet suburban town becomes the backdrop for a modern-day Salem witch trial. Based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, “The Sisterhood of Night” [...]

SPARK Artists: Daniela Groza wants you to be kind for real

be kind for real

by Brenda Guesnet Daniela Groza is a Romanian artist based in New York City working mainly as a documentary photographer. She recently got in touch with SPARK for her newest project Be Kind For Real (BKFR), which is all about practicing kindness through art. The project was exhibited in the Emmanuel Fremin gallery in NYC [...]