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Take this pink ribbon off my eyes – It’s The Day of the GIRL!

Take this pink ribbon off my eyes – It’s The Day of the GIRL!

Today is the International Day of the Girl.

The United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child in 2011. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” So today, levantate for the girls!

I was born a tough little girl, a cabezuda some might say. My mom, aunts and grandmas showed me what it meant to be a strong, independent woman from the start. I wasn’t your typical little mija. Video games were > Barbies and I hated going shopping (sorry mom).   Thankfully my parents put me in Girl Scouts and I learned how to sew, how to sell (those cookies tho) and how to tackle the outdoors. Not until recently did I realize that the Girl Scouts were setting me up for one of my most important life lessons… Sisterhood.

Cristela Alonzo (Comedian/Actor), Melanie (Que Means What), Stephanie (Puro Pinche).

Y’all probably saw my Amtrak trip with my comadre Melanie of Que Means What (if not check out my previous posts). The definition of a comadre is a dear friend who is not related to you that you treat like you would your mom or your tias. You can gossip with them but more importantly they’ve got your back. When Melanie and I first met, we connected through our blogs and social media. When we became amigas, we connected through our family and culture. And when we started to work together, we connected through our experiences, good and bad. Collaboration over competition? That’s us. We’ve gotten to do many great things together, like recently interviewing Cristela Alonzo, because we have learned that comadres are our biggest allies. Who are your comadres?

Blogueras at the 1st ever Latin@ Tech Conference at SXSW 2014.

I’ve realized now more than ever how important my comadres/sisters are, especially in my professional life. Yes I am blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunities I’ve had, but they didn’t come easy and they usually didn’t come without some power plays by the opposite sex. I co-founded Backbeat Magazine and Maverick Music Festival, I spoke on the first Latina Blogger panel at SXSW, and I’ve built Puro Pinche into a recognizable San Antonio brand. 

But when a man tries to take credit for your work, who encourages you to stand your ground? Your comadres do. When a man gets hired over you or paid more simply for being a male, who pushes you to apply to a better company and connects you with them too? Your comadres do. When a man doesn’t want to pay you in a fair and timely manner, who helps you get it taken care of? Your comadre attorney does 😝 There is no one else who will understand what you’ve been through like a GIRL will (that Gwen Stefani song was a hit for a reason y’all). The music industry is one of the toughest places to find women leaders and guess what I wanted to do? Rock and roll  with events and promotions. I’ve been through some tough times with male counterparts, but the ladies in my life are always there and unfortunately they can relate the most because they’ve usually been through it too. I can only imagine that I would have been better prepared to handle these situations had there been programs run by/for women when I was younger. Mostly everything I learned about business in the corporations and industries I worked in was taught to me by men. The importance of women mentors, board members, councilwomen, directors, CEO’s and leaders is MUCHO NEEDED! 

This isn’t a post to complain about men. I have really great men in my life like my father, my uncles, good friends and I’m also raising my 15-year old son Jakob. I try my hardest to be aware of what’s going on in the news and discuss it with him, like Kavanaugh’s disappointing appointment and Trump’s mistreatment of women, because he NEEDS to know how to become a better man. I have faith that we are raising a better generation of daughters and sons who are more aware, more accepting, and more compassionate. But our sisters and daughters need US as women who have experienced it before to mentor and guide them and push them into the chingonas we know they all can be!

For my past and the sake of the future of the mijas out there, I’ve partnered with Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas today to let everyone know the staggering statistics of just how much danger our girls are in (especially our Tejanas). 

The State of Girls – Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

The following information is taken from GSSWTX’s website: www.girlscouts-swtx.org/dayofthegirl

Last year, Girl Scouts released the State of Girls – the first research report to focus on the health and well-being of the 26 million girls living in the U.S. Recent trends in the well-being of girls living in Texas illustrate troubling stats that show why Day of the Girl should not be limited to one day.

According to the 2017 State of Girls data, Texas state is ranked 42nd in the nation when it comes to factors that affect the well-being of girls. This includes troubling statistics such as:

  • Texas’ number of girls ages 5-17 living in poverty being 5% higher than the national average.
  • The number of fourth-grade girls who do not participate in any organized activities being 6% higher than the national average.
  • From 2007 to 2012, the number of girls ages 6-17 who exercise less than four days per week decreased 11%.
  • More girls in Texas have emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues than a decade ago and more girls are living in poverty and in single-parent families (an adverse childhood experience that factors into other risky behavior) than 10 years ago.
  • Not only are girls in Texas at greater risk than girls across the country but that within Texas, the trends are against them so the time to act is NOW.

How WE can help build a better future for our girls: 

  • Donate $25 to sponsor a girl’s membership dues for the year
  • Donate $340 to sponsor a girl’s membership, uniform and activities for a year
  • Volunteer to create more troops in areas where leaders are needed
  • Donate to support programming that helps girls across our council area
  • Form a volunteer group and support a community event at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center 

    CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
Click here to join Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in celebrating the Day of the Girl on Facebook and share your stories!

This post is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas but all thoughts and opinions belong to Puro Pinche! 

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Stephanie

October 11th, 2018

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