Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Don't Conform, Transform

To My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday

It seems like yesterday that I was holding you as a newborn, warm and soft with a head full of dark hair. You were so tiny, so dependent on me … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reflections on #MLK: Raise your voice!

“Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Girls and Pink Toys: What can we do?

In this series we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of how girls and boys are depicted, and … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Girls and Pink Toys Part 3: Do toy ads really matter?

Children are buying into the stereotypes promoted by media messaging. And they’re accepting the message that certain products, interests, and activities are gender specific. A study in 2009 (Miller, Lurye, … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Girls and Pink Toys Part 2: Messages about girls and boys

              What’s the deal with the pink and blue division in the toy aisle? When I was growing up, there were construction toys like … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Girls and Pink Toys Part 1: Is it Biology?

In the past weeks, there has been quite a bit of talk about Goldieblox and the ways that they and other toys companies (such as Lego) ┬áhave tried to promote … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

Things we should say more often

Last night I finished an amazing month long workshop on self-concept with some girls in my community. Each week we talked about who we are, how to become strong and … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

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