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TEDxAlbany-Cindy Parrish-Heroic Girlz: The Heroic Journey of Female Adolescence.mov

Imagine you're an 11-year-old girl -- how can you know who you can become? Perhaps the answer to your future lies in the past. Inspired by the story of Harriet Tubman (who discovered her purpose in life when at the age of 11 she tried to prevent the capture of a runaway slave) the Heroic Girlz Educational Project guides contemporary girls in an exploration of the lives of heroic, historic women (when they were girls) and to draw a parallel between themselves and these Heroic Women. Playwright, filmmaker, and teacher, Cindy L. Parrish, tells the story of HEROIC GIRLZ, the play, award-winning film, and life-changing educational project. Her talk describes the need in our culture for coming-of-age education for girls, and features clips from the film and the documentary MAKING HISTORY. In HEROIC GIRLZ each of the historic women relives an important moment from her 11-year-old girlhood. Elizabeth Cady Stanton's father asks her "why couldn't you have been born a boy?" Louisa May Alcott runs footraces and develops a passion for writing, Amelia Bloomer defies the oppression of heavy dresses and male-imposed silence for women, and Amelia Earhart plummets down a homemade rollercoaster! (www.heroicgirlz.com)About TEDx:In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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