Cover Girl Culture

Category: Resources

Resources: Women, Organizations, Books, Music, Movies & Make-up


Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery. By Holly Austin Smith.

Cinderella Ate my Daughter by Peggy Orenstein.

So Sexy So Soon – Diane E. Levin Ph.D. (Author), Jean Kilbourne Ed.D. (Author)

Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing our Daughters From Marketer’s Schemes – Lyn Mikel Brown & Sharon Lamb Ed.D

Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture -by Lisa Bloom.


The Body Positive founder Connie Sobczak. KEY EXPERT in Cover Girl Culture
The Body Positive works with adults and youth in a variety of settings to support positive body attitudes and self-care behaviors. They believe that honoring the female body is the final frontier of the women’s empowerment movement. Women and girls waste their time, brainpower, and money in desperate attempts to achieve unattainable beauty standards.

Misty Tripoli – motivational speaker & founder of The Groove Method. KEY EXPERT in Cover Girl Culture “My mission is to show, through dance and self-expressed movement, how to free the spirit and body; to integrate movement, passion, thought and feeling for a more joyful life. Dance YOUR Dance to freedom and joy.” – Misty.

Dr. Karyn Gordonauthor and leading expert on teens! KEY EXPERT in Cover Girl Culture

Deb Burdgard PhD – Eating disorder & body image specialist, as well as issues such as sexuality, relationships, LGBT and depression. Health at Every Size. KEY EXPERT IN Cover Girl Culture

Audrey Brashich – author/writer: All Made-Up.  KEY EXPERT IN Cover Girl Culture

Maria Shriver Activist. Author. Journalist. Mother. Founder of Architects of Change.

Sowers Education Group  – workshops on Sex in the Media for middle and high school girls.  Taught by Former video model and sex trafficking survivor, Rachel Cooper Thomas is a dynamic educator who speaks from the heart and aims at the head.As the primary presenter for Sowers Education Group, she educates and challenges her audiences to 1) look critically at the media and 2) guard their minds against the media’s damaging messages. 10 yrs teaching experience.

Parents Television Council of America– The PTC aims to provide parents with the tools they need to make informed television viewing decisions. We do this by monitoring primetime television shows on broadcast TV and reviewing many PG and G rated movies. We log all content that could be considered questionable by parents and we give them traffic light ratings according to the amount of sex, violence, and profanity incorporated into the series or film.

Lisa Nichols– amazing motivational speaker and at-risk teen outreach program – help for girls with the challenge of overcoming eating disorders.  (part of N.E.D.A.)

Holly Austin Smith – a survivor of child trafficking and consultant for AMBER Alert, has appeared on the Dr. Oz show to raise awareness for the the issue of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Holly writes and speaks about her experience in order to educate law enforcement and service providers, to raise awareness to communities, to advocate for survivors, and to support stronger laws against all human traffickers.

Jess Weiner – is this generation’s “Go-to Girl” for self-esteem!

Geena Davis – champion for improving gender portrayals in children’s media

Nancy Gruver – founder/creator of New Moon Magazine

Redefining BeautyFounded by twin sisters, 25 yrs old. ‘We have a passion for helping girls and women recognize and reject harmful messages about their bodies and what “beauty” means and looks like.’

The women and girls of Spark Summit

Richelle Carey: empowering women and girls to speak up.

Feminist Frequency:  Conversations with Pop Culture – Feminist analysis of race, gender, class, sexuality and privilege in the media

Hardy Girls Healthy Women:  Their mission is to create opportunities, develop programs,
and provide services that empower them as well as addressing girls’ lives in social and relational contexts. They believe that it is not the girls, but the environment they live in that needs repair. HGHW also have programs that focus on helping girls connect to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics!

F.A.I.R. Girls prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. Through prevention education, compassionate care, and survivor inclusive advocacy, FAIR Girls creates opportunities for girls to become confident, happy, healthy young women.

N.E.D.A. – National Eating Disorder Association – startling facts on violence against women! Educate yourself and loved ones.

Center for Social Media

The Achilles Effect: is a guide for parents, educators, and students who want to learn more about male and female stereotypes, their continued strong presence in kids’ pop culture, and their effect on young boys.

The Dad Man: Joe Kelly, author and teacher on fathering; media and marketing’s impact on families; successful strategies for raising girls and boys.

The Good Men Project: blog for men. This link is on how men either contribute to the sexualization of girls or how they can prevent it.

 AHA! is dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence, and social conscience in teenagers. Through an innovative curriculum focusing on self-expression, team-building, empathy training, emotional intelligence, and diversity appreciation, AHA! helps teens learn to set goals, stop bullying and hatred, support their peers, and serve their community.

About-Face – cool org that educates girls and women on the media’s manipulation, stereotyping, sexualization etc.

Girl Scouts LA, Project Girl,, PROUDgirls, No Country for Young Women, Hollaback, Common Sense Media , The Princess Free Zone and more to come.

Project V.O.I.C.E   Spoken word poet, Sarah Kay’s educational program for students.

American Psychological Association  

Parenting Science


Killing Us Softly 3 – by Jean Kilbourne
Jean Kilbourne continues her groundbreaking analysis of advertising’s depiction of women in this most recent update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series. In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes. Her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.

Most Natural Make-up options Jane Iredale, Intuitive Color and Afterglow.  This site has heaps of info about ingredients in cosmetics and ideal products to choose from.

Empower Orphans – created by Neha Gupta, a 9 yr old girl in 2005. When Neha was nine years old, the harsh reality of the orphaned children’s prospects hit Neha hard. She realized that there was no one in the world that really loved the orphans and they could not get a good education as they did not have the means to purchase school books. Instead of just feeling empathy towards them, she took action and decided that she wanted to help make a difference in the lives of the orphans.

Neha has raised more than $700,000 thus far.


Mommas Pearls – Mommas Pearls takes traditional wisdom and applies it to the modern world. (below interview with Nicole on the show)


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