Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

When Love Hurts: Talking about dating violence with teens

When I was about 15, I remember a close friend of mine suddenly becoming withdrawn. Her usual cheerful and social nature changed to a quiet, secretive one. She wouldn’t change … Continue reading

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Say No to Gender Stereotypes

Verizon Wireless says 66% of 4th grade girls like science; yet 14% of teen girls want to be a scientist. In their #InspireHerMind piece, they share the little ways that … Continue reading

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STEM and Sexualization: A New Vision for Girls

About a week ago, I worked with several of our  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) faculty at ACU to host our third annual STEM for Girls day. Fifty-five middle school … Continue reading

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Where are all the women? What my bookshelf says about the continuing effects of patriarchy

Originally posted on Ben Irwin:
The other day, I did one of those “10 books that stayed with me” status updates on Facebook. It’s a thing that’s been going around…

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Teaching Your Teen about Peer Pressure

Guest Blog ~ Teaching Your Teen about Peer Pressure As teenagers grow into their independence, they tend to reject their parents’ advice in favor of making their own decisions. They…

September 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tips for Talking with Kids About September 11

Today is the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands and ushered in an era of suspicion, vulnerability, but also unity for those who stand against acts … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

From Competition to Contentment

I was having lunch with a friend not long ago, and we got into a conversation about being able to celebrate the joys and victories of others. You see, we … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

LISTEN: Rebecca Hains discusses #TruthInAds & body image on CBC Radio

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Yesterday, I spoke with CBC Radio about the Brave Girls Alliance’s #TruthInAds campaign, explaining why we’re asking advertisers to stop deceptively Photoshopping people’s bodies. The…

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

LEGO: Female Scientists Need to Stay!!

From Melissa Wardy: SAVE THE SCIENTISTS! News broke last week that the LEGO Ideas Research Institute is considered a “limited edition” item and no more sets will be produced for … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment


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