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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Taking back girl power

  • 2012
  • Activism

Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. is a community activist, Professor of Education at Colby College, and co-creator of the nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women, where she develops strength-based programs and curricular materials that scaffold girls’ social change work and oversees the online media literacy and activism campaign, Powered By Girl (PBG). She is the author of five books, including Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development (with Carol Gilligan), Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls, and Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketer’s Schemes (with Sharon Lamb; winner of a Books For A Better Life Award). In 2010, with Hunter College Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology Deborah Tolman, she initiated the Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge (SPARK) Summit and movement, a growing coalition of youth, thought leaders, researchers, and partner organizations united in their determination to challenge the sexualization of girls and work collectively to demand girls’ rights to embodiment and healthy sexuality. Lyn received her doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology and was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development.