You could argue that there’s never been a better time to be a girl in Australia. Girls are outperforming boys at school, they can now aspire to play AFL football and this year a female student was selected for the first time to compete for Australia at the coding Olympics.
But studies are showing rises in the levels of stress and anxiety among girls in the developed world. Pressures that are often especially intense for girls – relating to body image, bullying, objectification or sex, for example – are amplified in a teenage world that increasingly revolves around social media.
How can we support girls to stare down these challenges? As part of our HEY GIRL series, we’re devoting a whole Question Time session to the topic of raising girls. Got questions about girls’ education, friendship, sexual health, role models or the unique challenges facing girls from diverse backgrounds? The Question Time format is one hour of pure audience Q&A, moderated by Madeleine Morris, so bring your question along and put it to our panel.
About HEY GIRL:
It’s possible Beyonce called it a little early when she declared, Who run the world? Girls! But if girls don’t (yet) rule the whole planet, they will at least rule the Wheeler Centre for one week in October. HEY GIRL examines the experience of girlhood through a feminist lens – from race, identity and sexuality to development and mental health, the role of social media, to the representation of girls in fiction and more broadly in the media.
What defines girlhood and how is that changing? How do experiences and representations of girlhood vary? Join us to explore the challenges that girls continue to face and let’s hatch some plans to kick those obstacles to the kerb.