CHALLENGING MEDIA'S STORY OF "PERFECT GIRLS"
In her one-hour presentation, award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS Michelle Cove speaks to tweens, teens, educators, and/or parents about how to help girls:
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"Michelle is one of the most dynamic, engaging, and inspiring speakers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She gives honest, practical feedback in a way that is both caring and down to earth, and she is one of the funniest people I have ever met. Her refreshing perspective encourages those she works with to grow, from the youngest, shyest girl in a room to the loudest, most outgoing woman."—Mikki Pugh, Boston Program Manager, Strong Women, Strong Girls
Michelle Cove ran her MEDIAGIRLS workshop at the Boston International Kids Film Festival, and provided a great discussion about the myth of the "perfect girl," what to look for in ads and how companies frequently play on the insecurities of women and girls in order to get them to buy products. The audience clearly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot from the interactive presentation, and I highly recommend Michelle to come to your community and schools!
--Olivia Osiecki, Filmmakers Collaborative
"Michelle’s presentation was informative and thoughtful. Her passion regarding the representation of girls in the media was obvious and motivation to all who had the pleasure of hearing her words. She was able to achieve something that is very difficult when presenting to an audience with such a range of ages, which was to make everyone in attendance think." —Keith Civin, The Rashi School, Dedham, MA
Michelle Cove's presentation to middle-school and high-school girls and parents was remarkably engaging for their parents. Her candid assessment of the societal pressures that the media passively and overtly gives to pre-teen and teenage girls was informative and thought-provoking. Michelle's ability to hold the audience's attention was extraordinary, with many leaving well informed. — Justin Cameron, Principal Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School
Michelle Cove is a charismatic speaker who adeptly presented this difficult topic in a refreshing new light. Michelle’s presentation engaged all of the 50 attending students and left them inspired to make changes on our campus as well as in their communities back home. Several groups went on to initiate their own discussion sessions over their remaining week at the program. We are delighted to work with Michelle in the future and thoroughly recommend her. --Ariel French, Director of Programming for Explo at Wellesley
Michelle brought a thoughtful and informative presentation to our community, which was great for all ages. She was able to connect with our youngest and oldest and made it possible for them to think critically about the material she presented. We all enjoyed meeting Michelle and learning about how media impacts our everyday life!--Marley Hanson, Director Camp Farwell
"Michelle spoke at the 'Gender in Society Day' at our school and really made an impact on the students. She was an extremely relatable speaker, which made everyone feel comfortable participating and asking questions. Her presentation was engaging and made students think, whether male and female. We were really lucky to have her as a speaker!" —Samantha Leone, co-founder Media Literacy Club, Newton North High School
We learned from Michelle how to stand up to media messages that undermine girls and women. We can either be mesmerized by the media's false images or empowered to re-shape them. By modeling the latter, MEDIAGIRLS gives girls the tools to transform their lives and the world around them. Michelle opened our eyes and led the way." —Paula Sharaga, Brookline Public Library
Our students’ self-esteem is at the very root of how they will navigate the world. Our goal is to help students recognize that beauty comes from within and that one’s deeds and words define character, not appearance. We are grateful to Michelle Cove for teaching our students and their parents about strengthening their core and empowering them to be “game changers.” --
Day Newburg, Assistant to the Head of School Cohen Hillel Academy
Michelle's message was very empowering. She focused on the current issues, and used relevant popular culture examples, in a way that spoke powerfully to our young women. It dovetailed perfectly with our own mission of training leaders that are able to speak back to negative/limiting messaging for women, and gave some great practical activities to do to build confidence and self-assurance. Highly recommend her as a speaker!
--Mollie Farnham, Outdoor Education Director at Camp Kiniya