One of the most talked-about movies of the past few weeks has been Wonder Woman, an incredible film that showcases girl power through both its plot and its woman-led team of actor and director. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, grab some of your best girlfriends and head to the theater, because you don’t want to miss it!
Unfortunately, many girls don’t have the opportunity to see the movie, as they are simply unable to afford the cost. Though seeing a movie may not seem so significant in passing, seeing a movie about a badass female superhero may actually be exactly the thing girls need in order to realize that they can also achieve anything they set their minds to. Amid all the superhero movies with male protagonists, Wonder Woman stands out as a huge step forward for female cinematic representation.
If you’re inspired by Wonder Woman and the awesome things the film stands for, you can help send high school girls to see the movie! Miranda Sajdak was the first to act on this great idea, having offered to donate a pair of tickets to the film to parents who wanted to take their child but could not afford it. What started as just an idea for a few tickets got an incredible response, as other people followed suit. As the idea continued to gain momentum, it became clear that there needed to be a larger-scale way to distribute these donated tickets. A fundraiser was organized, and Girls Inc. of New York City became the recipient of the tickets.
Girls Inc. serves girls ages 6-18 from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Its goals are to help these girls achieve academically, to stay healthy and active, to learn practical skills, and to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. In New York City alone, Girls Inc. works with over 6,000 girls, many of whom are in high school.
The co-founder of the Legion of Women Writers, the network that launched the fundraiser, thought the collaboration was a great idea. She explained her excitement, saying, “I just felt it was important for young girls to get to experience seeing a woman as the hero on the big screen, and for women to help support and foster charities like Girls Inc. that work so hard to show girls what they’re capable of. And since Legion of Women Writers is all about women supporting women and representation and inclusion in media, it made perfect sense.” The significance of sending girls to watch a female hero dominate the big screen is huge, and plenty of people are excited about making this happen.
However, the fundraiser goes even further than sending girls to see Wonder Woman. Any funds raised over the goal amount required for the movie will go directly to Girls Inc. of New York City’s Annual College Shower. This fund helps freshmen girls pay for their college costs.
If you were inspired by Wonder Woman or by this awesome idea, you can contribute to the fundraiser here.
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