Why We Need To Support All Girls Like #MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like #MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM

by William Jackson, M.Ed.

Edward Waters College

@wmjackson – Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker

Moxie Girl and The Astronaut

Moxie Girl and Agent of STEAM

“Black girls need to know that they matter.

They need to see examples of success, leadership,

achievement, sisterhood, compassion,

humanitarianism, in abundance so that they

can gain confidence in their ability to become

their best and greatest selves.”

Black Girls Rock Inc.

Founder Beverly Bond

The upcoming gathering of girls and women in the

United State of Women


to be held in Washington D.C. on

Monday, June 13th 2016 shows that girls and

women can accomplish great things

in their communities, their cities, in their

schools, churches and across this nation.

The growing presence of girls and women

in STEM / STEAM related careers is expanding

girls and women opportunities to influence

the greater good of their professions and opening

doors for other girls and women to enter into

nontraditional careers.

Taylor and science

Taylor Richardson

JIW, Girl Scout, STEAM Agent

Community Activist, Future Astronaut

That perceivable “Glass Ceiling” has shattered

in millions of shards representing the

challenges that girls and women have

faced and continue to overcome.

This event will highlight the accomplishments,

challenges, excellence, intellect and intelligence

of girls and women.

Lead by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey,

Black  Girls Rock Inc. Founder Beverly Bond

and others accomplished women in their professions

ranging from education, technology, medicine,

science, politics, religion and the diverse careers

and entrepreneurial endeavors that girls and women

are involved in. Expanding their intellectual diversity

to show girls and women it is cool to be creative,

intellectual and an innovator in their


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Natalie McGriff, Author, Speaker, Writer

Community Activist

As a parent and educator I hope this encourages

all girls of color and culture in Jacksonville,

Florida to excel academically and athletically.

Embracing their Nerdiness, Blerdiness, Geekiness,

and STEAMiness (Science Technology Engineering

Arts Mathematics  (Medicine).

Parents have a continued responsibility to encourage

their children to be engaged in learning every day.

Parents that have a struggling child in reading, math,

language arts and other academic areas will be held

accountable if their child is not successful in school,

their children are potentially being setup for under

employment, unemployment, and being left behind

economically and socially if they are unwilling to

work with educators to see that their children put

forth the effort to succeed and understand

the value of education.

This past school year should be an indication to

parents that if their daughter is not where they

are supposed to be academically and socially there

should be interventions during the summer to

prepare for the next school year. There are great

role models in  athletics and entertainment, but

there should be increased recognition

of the academic achievements and community

volunteering by our girls and women of color

and culture.

This blog shares the continued successes of Natalie McGriff and Taylor Richardson and their

mothers who have been invited to Washington, D.C. for their academic and community


To participate in this wonderful gathering of girls and women that are accomplishing great things in

their communities, their schools, in their churches and across this great nation.

“United State of Women”  http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/

14 reasons why we need to support all girls like

#MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM

  1. They are positive role models for girls and young women

    in their communities, in their city, in their state and nationally.

  2. Mainstream media does not always depict girls and women

    of color and culture in a positive light as they should. They

    are too often shown in poverty and uneducated.

  3. They give back to their community in examples of improving

    literacy, importance of reading, the value of comprehension

    and career choices in STEAM, STEM, STREAM, CSTEM

    STEM2 for girls and young women of color and culture.

  4. They are students in public education and are successful

    academically and in social behaviors.

  5. They experience the same challenges girls of color and

    culture experience every day related to hair, skin tones,

    language, economics and academics, they can relate to

    their sisters of color and culture in their struggles.

  6. They have mothers that are very supportive and sacrifice

    daily for their children’s success.

  7. They still experience “haters,” those that are jealous, and

    lost in low self-esteem, but still strive forward for success

    and providing positive self-esteem and cultural respect

    and value.


  8. They work to balance their academic lives by keeping

    school first.

  9. They continue to be humble in their accomplishments.
  10. Their participation in the media is a positive representation

    not only of being girls of color, but girls of intelligence and

  11. Their successes can be shared with boys of color and

    culture too inspire them as well.

  12. Their mothers keep life “real” about who they are and how

    the world may see them as well.

  13. They understand the importance of “sisterhood” and how

    girls of color and culture are sometimes targets of criticism,

    low expectations and culturally challenged.

    14. Their mothers show other mothers they should understand

    the commitment needed to help their children grow beyond

    their current levels of knowledge, ability and skill level.

The community should encourage all girls and boys of color

and culture to embrace their talents, skills and abilities.

Parents of color and culture need to reinforce that they have

a responsibility to lift each other up and not to hate on, gossip,

disrespect, negatively talk about those that are opening doors

that other girls and boys of color and culture can walk through.

Support Natalie and Taylor as they travel to

“The United State of Women” in Washington, D.C.

Monday, June 13th



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