Use of Sanitary Products by the Go Fund Me Website Discussion Paper

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This assignment requires you to create your own action plan that incorporates a Social Justice perspective as an implicit theme underlying the Psychology of Women. Ask yourself “What could I do to help make this a more just and fair world for girls and/or women?” Considering such basic course concepts as gender, power/privilege, race, class, ethnicity, media impact, socialization, gender theory, etc., what might YOU realistically do to impact positive change for women or girls? We obviously cannot all sing melodiously for a benefit concert, or go to Africa as a volunteer, but each of us has the potential to make at least some level of positive difference. Previous ideas have included a prom dress drive to donate to local High Schools where students cannot afford to purchase new ones; old cell phones or clothing collected on a campus and at work and donated to a local battered women’s shelter; creation of a “Young Women’s Club” to inform and empower the girls at a local school, etc. In your personalized plan, do not use the examples provided-instead, introspect thoughtfully about who YOU are; you might consider your major and the expectations for your own future; think about your “sphere of influence” (friends & family, coworkers, and others with whom you interact), think about your values and the world you would like to shape for future females…Include the answers to the following questions in your essay.

  1. What resources and support will you need to do make this happen, and how/from whom specifically will you acquire them?
  2. What specific target group of women or girls will benefit from your action plan?
  3. How much time could you realistically commit to this project if you were to actually implement it?
  4. You may NOT propose creating a new business entity, corporation, partnership or non-profit. The associated legal process is too time-consuming for this small project…

Please write enough detail that if I wanted to, I could actually implement your plan from the description you have provided, without having to ask further questions or clarifications from you. Be realistic, be creative, be honest. Your written submission should be approximately 600-800 words (about 2 pages double spaced 12pt font). Vocabulary and grammar are important, so write carefully and please take the time to spellcheck and to proofread.

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These are single spaced because they have been combined, please follow the posted instructions for how your own submission should be formatted. CHANGE AGENT PLAN (Sample submission#1) My plan of action would be to create short stories that do not involve a “fairy tale” ending but an ending that empowers women and shows that they can be strong or better off without a man “sweeping them off their feet.” I would read these short stories to children ranging in ages of 5-13 year olds. To begin with, I would get a group of college student women (or men) in a creative writing class I’m already enrolled in to write the short stories without the fairy tale endings. I believe that this will help the writers think of ideas, either from their own lives or possibly friends lives, where a problem has happened to them and how they handled it. Also, in some ways it reminds them that women can be strong without men coming to their rescue. There will be a rubric to follow for the short story. Each of the short stories has to tackle issues involving gender, and also at least one of the following: power, race, class, ethnicity, and identity development. The stories do not have to involve princesses but they can to get the children thinking that it will be a fairy tale. The writers would come up with creative ways to incorporate the concepts while making the stories children friendly and engaging to keep the little girls interested. My idea was to read the stories to elementary students; however it would go a long way if we read some stories with middle school children also because they are in the stage where they still think about the fairy tale endings. The ladies that wrote the short stories and I would go around to different elementary and middle schools in the area, starting with the schools I myself attended, and with permission already obtained from the principal and individual teachers, read the stories to the students. We would read to the whole class, both the boys and girls, because I think that it would be helpful for the young boys to also hear the stories so they do not grow up believing that they need to control women or any of those other random stereotypes about women and girls that are out there. We could also facilitate discussions around the topics introduced, and help girls and boys realize that they have options in life. The only time that this would take would be the amount of time it takes us to write the short stories. Once they are written, we could go around everywhere and read them to lots of different people. My plan would impact not only the children who are listening to the stories but also the college students who wrote the short stories. I’m fairly certain we could generate at least a few stories within the next month, and be ready to share them with some children before this semester is over. It could extend beyond this semester to. Summer camps would also be a great place to read to the kids because sometimes during the days there is some down time and to fill that time with reading with the kids would be beneficial in the way that they are hearing stories about strong women and listening to someone read to them and having a discussion afterward. Hopefully the presence and attention of college students might allow them to believe they can go to college too. The children might also go home and tell their parents about the book that they read at school or at camp, so the stories and their impact will reach the parents of the children too. 1 Fairy tales are wonderful stories, however they generally portray the women as always needing the man to rescue them or sweep them off their feet. I think fairy tales with a little twist at the end would really help people understand that there are other ways to achieve a happy ending. There really would not be a budget. I will gladly print the stories up at home on my printer, using my own paper too. This plan uses skills I know I have in a way that will hopefully benefit others. CHANGE AGENT PLAN (Sample submission#2) I would like to hold a campus-wide campaign here to get females on campus to donate their gently-worn (like new) prom dresses to be re-distributed to graduating Senior Girls at XXX High School. My friend is a counselor at the school, and through him my understanding is that many of these girls come from poor families and that without some help they will not be able to afford to get dresses so they can attend their Senior Prom. My budget/ necessary resources: My only expense would be the printing of a flier to be distributed here on campus and also at my church where many college age girls attend. Our youth group fund would pay for the printing of 500 fliers. In the event that any of the dresses that get donated need to be dry cleaned, my local dry cleaners (the owner goes to my church too) would provide this free of charge for a limited number of dresses if necessary. Hopefully most of the donated dresses would already be clean. Logistics: I have 3 close girlfriends who also attend school here, and we all have different classes and belong to different organizations on campus. We would each give out fliers within our own friendship and classmate networks, and distribute them all around campus, including department and faculty mailboxes. We would each also send out the electronic version of the flier to everybody on our email lists. My church, which has done somewhat similar activities in the past, would agree to accept the donations for me so there would be a neutral, centrally located drop-off point, and I am still attempting to figure out if there is anyplace on campus we could also use as a drop-off, like maybe outside of the Women’s Studies Department office? I’m thinking my apartment manager would not be pleases if I had a parade of people dropping dresses outside my door, so I had to think of other places to collect the dresses. I thought of XXX High School as a drop off place, but decided against that because I felt the girls shouldn’t see the dresses until they are all collected and ready for them…otherwise it might cause problems. Timeline: The prom is in May. Ideally I could have the fliers circulating by March 25, with a deadline for donated dresses in mid-April, delivery to the school to distribute them by the 3rd week in April. Remarks: I think it is important for women and girls to be able to help each other and I think my plan shows how one little person, without money, can really make a difference in other women’s/girls lives, just by giving a little thought, time, planning and good intentions. I approached my girlfriends, church friends, and the school by saying “What if I was trying to…?” but I also explained to them that this was a school assignment and it might or might not actually happen (I didn’t want anyone to be disappointed.) I know that it is already difficult to be almost any teenaged girl, but it saddens me to think of girls who won’t have a prom 2 night memory just because their parents are too poor to buy a prom dress, and what that could do to a young girl’s self-esteem in the middle of all the other issues associated with adolescence like body image and peer pressure. Another relevant course concept is how we as women are judged and how we judge ourselves by our appearance. When we got this assignment, I was a little skeptical and worried about how I could realistically plan to help anybody because I’m living off student loans and part time work and I’m a full time student who is always broke, always struggling to get everything done in a very full schedule. It is empowering to me to know that I really could make a difference, and I’m thinking I might actually do this. Change Agent Assignment (Sample submission#3) According to the National Eating Disorders Association “In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.” Unfortunately, for my family, these numbers became more than just statistics. When my youngest sister was only 11 years old, what started with the special k diet turned into my mom getting a call from one of my sister’s friend’s parents, telling my mom that she thought my sister might have an eating disorder and suggested a psychologist. My enthusiastic, easygoing was eventually diagnosed with anorexia, regularly seeing a dietician, psychologist, and general practitioner. It wasn’t helping – she was rushed to the hospital. We were told she was lucky to be alive. I remember walking into the room and seeing my sister with no energy to move or talk. I was mad – mad that I couldn’t prevent this, that this is what society had done to my sister, mad that this had happened to her. She was transferred to a residential treatment center for months. Our insurance didn’t pay for her to do in-patient treatment so she went to the hospital two more times. Eventually, after over a year, she finally recovered. My action plan is as follows. It would take me until the last weekend of the semester to implement this. Who: 20 Girls in grades 6-7 (11-14 years old) What: Weekend sleepover / retreat Where: XXXXXX YMCA Why: To educate and inform young girls about eating disorders. To provide them with the knowledge and resources needed to help themselves and others prevent and overcome eating disorders. The girls will gather for a two-day, one-night, life-changing event. They will be educated on eating disorders, and the devastating consequences. They will be given tools and resources to help prevent and overcome eating disorders, taught how to recognize signs of eating disorders and steps to take if someone they love might be suffering from an eating disorder. Videos will show the seriousness of eating disorders. Previous sufferers of eating disorders, including my sister, will provide insight into a variety of topics, including their recovery and experiences. We will discuss how the girls can help themselves and others overcome the culture of thinness. There is a lot of discrimination against women who are overweight, so we will help the girls see past this discrimination. We will also have 3 a yoga/meditation session and teach the girls stress reducing techniques and games where they can win prizes. They will have free time to relax or talk. I will work with NEDA, the National Eating Disorder Association, whose website is: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/. I will have girls from local Middle Schools sign up on a first-come first-served basis. I will talk to the parents to inform them about the event. Family members will be able to assist me in planning and coordinating, including the activities, food, and fundraising. My mom is a licensed nurse, she would be able to provide assistance. My middle sister is currently an event coordinator and will be able to help with the planning and running of the event. I have friends who could help set up for the event, lead the activities, and supervise meals. I could get a psychologist, or a student at a local university, to give presentations about eating disorders and lead discussion groups. As for material resources, I will need fliers for the participating schools as well as fliers for the fundraisers. For the fliers I will need paper, tape, and thumbtacks, and I will use my parents’ printer that they will let me use free-ofcharge. I will also need promo items, which are available on NEDA’s website, such as watches, pins, and pens. Food will come from Costco, Grocery Stores, and Catering. Restaurants such as Soup Plantation have a sponsorship program where you submit an application and, if approved, they will provide free food for the event. Costco has large pizzas which are relatively cheap, and Subway has large platters of subs. Other resources needed include videos and art supplies. My sister has a collection of DVDs on eating disorders. Art supplies can be purchased. There will be several ways I will gather the resources and money needed to run this event. The YMCA will be able to provide items such as chairs and tables so they will not have to be purchased Local restaurants have fundraising programs where you print out a flyer and people bring it with them on a certain day and time to help contribute to the event. Specifically Soup Plantation and Pat & Oscars, as both offer 20% of pre-tax purchases related to the fundraiser. I would distribute the flyers for the fundraiser several ways. My sister will also be able to put them around her school and will be able to put an announcement with a link for parents to give a direct donation in the newsletter at school. Overview Budget Supplies Paper 50 Art Supplies 100 Tape / Thumbtacks 10 NEDA Balloons/Decorations 30 Total Supplies 190 Food 1000 (but hopefully donated) Promo Items NEDA Water Bottles 100 NEDA Watches 120 Bookmarks 10 Total Promo Items 230 Presenters 500 Miscellaneous 180 4 Total 2100 5
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Change Agent Plan
I would like to create a campaign around campus to get people to donate sanitary pads and
tampons or even money to homeless women at the local shelter. I watched a YouTube video
once about the issues homeless women and girls face with their menses. Women spoke of having
limited shelter bathroom access and lack of access to necessary feminine products, forcing them
to use toilet paper and makeshift cloth pads. Considering the devastating issue homeless women
face lacking sanitary products, I plan to liaise with the shelter management to donate sanitary
pads and tampons periodically.
Budget/Necessary Resources: I will print flyers and brochures with the pertinent infor...


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