Selected for their photo entries in the “I Am A Girl” photo contest, which invited girls to send in photos that challenge stereotypes of what it means to be a girl, three Agnes Irwin students will be honored as winners at the Women’s Way Powerful Voice Awards on Thursday, May 8.
Seventh grader Annika Edwards, junior Lisa Fendrick and senior Ryshena Providence were winners in two of the three age categories in the juried contest, 13-14 and 15-18.
Inspired by the NYC Girls Project, the “I Am A Girl” photo contest featured a series of photos of real life girls with surrounding text that illustrates positive qualities girls see in themselves. In Edwards’ case, her photo (left) depicts a determined young girl with glasses on the baseball mound, swinging – as she writes in the required overlaid text – “for the fences!”
"We wanted to have girls reclaim the narrative of what it means to be a girl - away from the impossible standards of femininity and beauty,” said Mariandl Hufford, director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls. “We wanted the girls to define themselves in their own right: as powerful, funny, athletic, artistic, intellectual. The images speak for themselves…all of our girls claimed strength and power. They are, as are all girls, unstoppable, given half the chance.”
All contest winners’ photos will be displayed on the Women’s Way website and social media pages.
"I chose the phrase 'I will not back down,'" said Providence (photo right), "because I feel way too often, women and girls whom are powerful in their actions and strong in their mindset are frowned upon. I hope these pictures and quotes will not only inspire, but also empower others to realize that they have a voice and if someone tries to put you down, respectfully stand up to them, and don't back down for what you believe in."
Contest winners will be honored at the Powerful Voice Awards dinner, a signature event at Women’s Way that welcomes over 1,200 influential supporters from across the region. All funds raised from this event are used to make our region a safer and more equitable place for women and girls. The “I Am A Girl” photo contest is a project of Women's Way and the Center for the Advancement of Girls (CAG) at The Agnes Irwin School.
Photo credit: Lisa Fendrick '15