Why Reel Grrls Is An Important Resource for Young Women
R eel Grrls recently appeared on our radar screen, and we’re so glad it did. This info-packed online resource had us from its tag line: “Empowering young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production.” Makes you want to stand up and take action, doesn’t it?
And we’re especially thrilled to learn of Reel Grrls in light of documentaries like Miss Representation that show an alarming (and long-running) gender bias that runs rampant in our country’s mainstream media.
Through a mix of programming, volunteer opportunities and other resources that include a thoughtfully curated list of must-watch films, Reel Grrls promotes media literacy in hopes that women and girls will “achieve equality and advancement in today’s world,” according to the site. Additionally, participants “develop lasting relationships with women filmmakers and learn skills that propel them to leadership roles in their community, college scholarships, and careers in the media industry.”
Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., Reel Grrls offers an array of year-round programming held on-site at the organization’s media lab. The summer line-up is now in progress and includes “The Camera That Rocked The World: DSLR Filmmaking,” “Real Queer Youth,” “Graphics in Motion: After Effects” and “Animate Your Imagination: Stop-Motion Workshop,” among others. One of the things we love most about the organization is that Reel Grrls turns no one away—a strict “Pay What You Can” policy is enforced for all workshops.
If you’re a Reel Grrls alum or simply want to help, consider becoming a part of the mentoring program. And if you’re not in the Puget Sound area, but love what Reel Grrls is doing, check out a list of similar youth media programs across the country.
Reel Grrls has a robust social media presence, but we especially love the organization’s YouTube channel—it’s a powerful resource in its own right and offers a great way to get better acquainted with the organization no matter where you are.
Kudos to you, Reel Grrls, for the wonderful work you’re doing. It’s organizations like yours that not only advocate for change, but can make a palpable difference, too.
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