A central component of The Girlhood Project is experienced during eight weeks of what we fondly refer to as girls' groups, which are focused on media literacy, body image, and identity development.
In our girls' groups, middle school girls and Lesley University students join together to co-construct new knowledge about girls’ and women’s lives. Groups deconstruct existing media so that they may reconstruct it in ways that centralize the true lived experiences of girls and women in the groups. Each week, a different theme or topic predetermined by the college students and refined or revised in collaboration with the girls is explored.
Using hip-hop feminism and feminist pedagogy as a platform to jump off of, girls' groups provide an affirming space in which girls are free to define and assert their own truths in whatever manner they please.