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Patti Smith – Who put the poetry in punk rock

Patti Smith – Who put the poetry in punk rock

The artist, poet and musician Patti Smith was the Damsels’ focus for the month of September. Noemi was the meeting leader and choose to read about Patti from the book RAD American Women A – Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. In addition to the […]

Collecting school supply donations for Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

After being inspired by Malala Yousfasi and her personal commitment to education, the Damsels decided to donate unused school supplies to students in their area. They collected supplies in their neighborhood and donated them to Project Cool which provides homeless students with the tools they need […]

I Am Malala – How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

I Am Malala – How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

For the August meeting, the Damsels took on their most challenging book to date. They read I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick (Young Readers Edition).  The book was over 200 pages long and most of the Damsels were able to finish it […]

Mae Jemison – Astronaut, Educator and Doctor

Mae Jemison – Astronaut, Educator and Doctor

For the month of July, Jewel asked the group to read about Mae Jemison from the book Women in Science – 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. They also read a short bio and interview and watched this video of Mae Jemison […]

Moving “Dougie” and learning about the urban forest

Moving “Dougie” and learning about the urban forest

We had a great day at Lewis Park with Forest Steward Peter Kalmes working to accomplish our second Damsels in Progress action inspired by Maya Lin. Peter gave us an overview of the Green Seattle Partnership and the history of restoration at Lewis Park. The girls met […]

Katherine Johnson – action through awareness

Katherine Johnson – action through awareness

As a result of the June 2017 meeting and discussion, the Damsels decided to take action through education. After some great brainstorming about potential actions (including a huge math-themed carnival), the girls combined several ideas into one.   They created a flier about Katherine Johnson […]

Katherine Johnson and NASA

Katherine Johnson and NASA

Inspired by the amazing movie Hidden Figures, the Damsels’ reading and discussion focused on Katherine Johnson this month. Laurence selected the book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky and suggested that the group read the section about Katherine Johnson […]

Community Soccer Game to benefit YUWA Northwest

Community Soccer Game to benefit YUWA Northwest

After lots of planning, sign making and getting the word out to friends and neighbors, the Damsels completed their first action. The community soccer game fundraiser was inspired by the April meeting discussion about Billie Jean King from the book Rad American Women A – Z by Kate […]

Maya Lin, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the environment

Maya Lin, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the environment

The second Damsels meeting was just as fun and even more interactive than the first. The girls participated in an ice breaker called “Me Too”. They took turns telling the group about something they like, a ball of yarn was then passed to everyone else […]

Billie Jean King and Title IX

Billie Jean King and Title IX

Following weeks of planning and a kick-off meeting with their parents, the Damsels in Progress successfully held their first meeting! They read the fantastic book RAD American Women A – Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl and focused on Billie Jean King for this […]