Girls Write Now Day
annually on March 8th
Girls Write Now Day celebrates girls and girl writers and encourages girls of all ages everywhere to "put pen to paper and explore the beauty and power of their unique, creative voices." It takes place in conjunction with International Women's Day, and in New York City it is a local celebration of sorts of that day. It was founded by Girls Write Now, an organization that mentors and provides safe space for teen girls and gender non-conforming youth. The organization matches teens with professional women writers, who become lifelong mentors of them. Most of the girls in the program graduate and go to college, and over half receive scholarships or awards. On the day, readings and special events have been held in New York City, which have honored girls as writers of the future. For example, in 2009, acclaimed author Marlon James and National Book Award Winner Annette Gordon-Reed took part in such an event.
How to Observe
Young girls all around the world are encouraged to pick up a pen and write today. Perhaps you are a girl who dreams of someday writing professionally. Today is the perfect day to talk to your teachers, parents, or other adults in your life to see if they can help you get connected with organizations and mentors near you that focus on writing. If you are an adult, perhaps you know a girl who you could mentor or who you could encourage to pursue writing. Depending on your age, you could join Girls Write Now as either a mentor or a mentee. You could also donate to the organization or become involved in another organization that empowers girls. If you are in New York City, you could check to see if there are any events for the day being organized by Girls Write Now. Above all, make sure to pick up a pen, and encourage other girls to do so as well!