This list is hosted on the Gender Equality Bookstore website, which also contains a listing of books for adults about raising strong girls, suggested readings about helping boys break out of gender stereotypes, links to other girls' and educational gender equity sites, links to organizations for girls and for non-traditional men, and more.) (This web site offers a number of video interviews with female role models in many different fields and from a number of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
The interviews and the accompanying written information help to acquaint girls and young women with varied careers to which they may aspire, what each career involves, what kind of preparation is required, what the role models like most about their careers, what challenges they have faced, and more.
Here are selected websites that focus on girls' and/or young women's interests and resources.
A red asterisk () indicates a site designed for girls and/or young women, rather than a site for adults about girls/young women.
Here you'll find information about women who were/are computer pioneers; projects aimed at interesting girls in technology; links to sites dealing with the gender divide and the digital divide; gender equity resources; and links to "best online resources for women and minorities in science and tech.") (Started by Stanford undergraduate Amy Wu, the Computer Girl site is designed "to bridge the gap between young women in high school and the computer world." It offers abundant resources: web sites, articles, role models, statistics, job categories, summer camp listings, and more.
One section of the site provides help for educators wishing to incorporate this material into their classes.)(This Canadian website offers 13 half-hour programs highlighting women working in jobs traditionally held by men, primarily in trades and technology.
Clicking on Profiles will reveal numerous categories, such as Information Technology, Robotics and Automation, Video Games, Gaming, and Biotechnology. The site claims that information is also available in French, but if it is, it's well hidden.)(Sponsored by Boston's Children's Hospital, this site provides bilingual [English/Spanish] information about eating disorders, nutrition, menstruation, gynecological exams, endometriosis, cancer, sexuality, birth control options, STDs, smoking, breast health, body piercing, emotional health, and more, as well as a guide to lesbian health for teens.) (Karen Ellis's rich resource, Educational Cyber Play Ground, has devoted a special section to resources designed to get girls excited about computers and information technology.
Almost all the books come from Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Library.) (Jeannie Ludlow sent a request to WMST-L, the academic women's studies email list, asking for suggested books, videos, and other resources to encourage more positive body image among young girls. Here's her posting of responses.) (Aimed at middle school girls, this web site promotes math and science by creating an online community where girls can interact with their peers about current science topics, solve science mysteries, and discuss careers with young women scientists and engineers.
The site offers chat rooms, games, contests with cash prizes, mentoring programs, scholarship resources, and more.) (Annotated list of books to empower girls and young women.
(A free, NSF-sponsored adventure game for girls, created by Mary Flanagan.
The game's hero is a Chinese-American girl named Josie True, who becomes involved in intrigue across time and space as she tries to find her inventor-turned-teacher, Ms. The electronically sophisticated game is probably best enjoyed on a very fast Internet connection.
The site also includes articles about girls and computer games and an account of updates to the game.) (Alice is designed to make computer programming more accessible and appealing and to "provide the best possible first exposure to programming for students ranging from middle schoolers to college students." Middle-school girls are one specific group to whom Alice is intended to appeal.
The site includes a free download of Alice, plus online forums, demonstration videos, and more.) (An annotated listing of books for girls written in the last 200 years.