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Social Work Alumnae Attack Sexual Harassment in the Schools and on the Streets | Hunter Alumni Newsletter

“When Joanne N. Smith (M.S.W. ‘03) and Mandy Van Deven (M.S.W. ‘08) entered the complex web of the New York City inner school system doing participatory action research, they were trying to explore what is a hotly contested issue in today’s educational system- how high school students are affected by sexual harassment. What they found didn’t sit well with the women.

Sexual harassment appeared to be a normal and accepted part of the experience of young people in school, a problem to which figures of authority often turned a blind eye. Instead of doing the same, Smith, founder and executive director of Girls for Gender Equality, an organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women, and Van Deven, its former associate director and now a progressive activist and independent writer, decided to do something about it.”

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Earlier this year, the Southern Regional Council announced the thirty-eight books that were nominated for the 2012 Lillian Smith Book Award. We are honored that Hey, Shorty! was among the nominees.

Click here to read more about the award, Lillian Smith, and the Southern Regional Council.

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A new article in Clutch Magazine features stories and strategies from Hey, Shorty! about what young women can do to resist street harassment.

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Congratulations to GGE on their successful 10th anniversary event! In case you missed it, here is an article about the event in Parlour Magazine.

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Today we received great news! The first printing of Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets has sold out!
Hey, Shorty! is still available as an e-book, and the second edition is coming soon!

Today we received great news! The first printing of Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets has sold out!

Hey, Shorty! is still available as an e-book, and the second edition is coming soon!

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Colorlines’ Akiba Solomon interviewed Hey, Shorty! co-author Joanne Smith and Girls for Gender Equity community organizer Nefertiti Martin on how to define positive sexuality for today’s youth. You can read the article here.

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A new Jezebel article on street harassment features Hey, Shorty! co-author Joanne Smith breaking down ways men can interact with women on the street without being a threat. Check it out here.

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Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School is a newly released report from the American Association of University Women that presents the most comprehensive, nationwide research to date on sexual harassment in grades 7-12. It reveals sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students’ education and concludes with concrete recommendations and promising practices for preventing sexual harassment directed at school administrators, educators, parents, students and community members.

Girls for Gender Equity is recognized as one of the promising practices in Crossing the Line, and Hey, Shorty! is lauded as a resource. You can download a free PDF of Crossing the Line here.

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Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) founder and executive director, Joanne N. Smith, was a featured panelist at the Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later conference at Hunter College in New York City. The panel was moderated by Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media, and Joanne spoke alongside several other activists and scholars, including Melissa Harris-Perry, Rha Goddess, and Ai-Jen Poo. Smith talked about the impact Anita Hill’s testimony had on her as a young, first generation Haitian-American woman and explained how Hill’s legacy is carried on in the work of GGE’s youth organizers in the public schools today. Video footage of the entire discussion is available from C-SPAN, and a number of highlights from the panel can be found at GGE’s Twitter page.