Power Source is...
a girl's pride in being a girl, in her identities as a person, whatever this means to her. Recognizing how stereotypes limit her, how to confront them, and how to choose experiences that help her grow her true self, her real identities.
What builds this power in a girl is helping her:
- Understand situations that cause her to put on a false image
- Name stereotypes she has experienced as discriminatory and harmful
- Choose experiences that help her grow her true identity
- Share belonging with others based on values not images that she identifies with
This is a potent antidote to the false image of self that a girl can develop when she digests the stereotypes or cultural expectations she encounters in the world around her. It counteracts the forces that sexualize, diminish aspirations or otherwise limit her potential.