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Dads & Daughters® Update 
  January 24, 2006







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What kind of gender stories are our youngest daughters and sons seeing in their favorite movies? The answer is shocking, and no fairy tale.

Join us at the University of Southern California on Thursday, February 9 for the release of the most comprehensive gender analysis of G-rated movies ever. The research was commissioned by Dads and Daughters’ See Jane program and conducted by USC’s renowned Annenberg School for Communication.

The Feb. 9 event features a forum on the implications of the research for families and children ages 0-11. It will include Oscar-winner Geena Davis, USC researcher Dr. Stacy Smith, DADs President Joe Kelly, and leaders of the children’s entertainment industry. The study analyzed the 100 top-grossing G-rated movies of the past 15 years.

Admission is free, but you must pre-register by emailing Info@SeeJane.org.


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Congratulations to DADs’ Honorary Board Member, Geena Davis, who last week won the Golden Globe as best actress in a TV drama. There’s no truth to the rumor that as “Commander in Chief” Geena ordered the award to be given to her! She earned it, and we’re very proud of her and the inspiration that her show gives our daughters.

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Join us this Thursday night (January 26) for a special Dads & Daughters evening at Wheelock College in Brookline, MA. It’s a Benefit featuring renowned social humorist Jimmy Tingle.   We are raising funds for DADs to help create a better, safer and fairer world for our daughters.


We’ll have a silent auction including baseballs autographed by Curt Schilling and other Red Sox, plus many more goodies.  Make reservations now at https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/1484732/

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February 1 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It’s a time to celebrate the wonderful new horizons open to our generation of daughters. It’s also time to give thanks to the pioneers of women’s sports who blazed the path, and to keep defending their gains.

Using this year's theme, “Count Me IN,” thousands of parents, athletes, coaches, and other will celebrate  NGWSD in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. Find out more at www.aahperd.org/ngwsdcentral/.

You and the girls you love can celebrate by adding your voices to those defending Title IX and equal opportunity for girls. Go to http://dads.e-actionmax.com/showalert.asp?aaid=1429 and participate. Thank you!

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On January 25, the Girl Scouts of the USA will release a fascinating new study of girls’ attitudes about personal health. At the National Press Club, GSUSA CEO (and See Jane advisor) Kathy Cloninger, and Olympian Dominique Dawes will discuss “The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living.” The report sheds light on the childhood obesity crisis by asking girls directly how they define health and what motivates them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Findings suggest that today’s girls are defining “health” on their own terms, placing the same value on emotional well-being and self-esteem as they do on diet and exercise. For girls, being healthy is more than just eating right and exercising; it is also about feeling good and being supported by family and peers.  Read more at www.gsusa.org/


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Dads & Daughters’ First Annual Online Auction closes today at noon (January 24)! Hurry to bid for a week in Vermont, a week in California’s wine country, Red Sox tickets, a New Yorker cover matted and signed by the artist, Merle Nacht, a “Good Will Hunting” screenplay, signed by Matt Damon, a “Commander In Chief” poster signed by Geena Davis, and more. Go to www.dadsanddaughters.org/Boston_Auction/Auction.html now!


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A new initiative called Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth Through Violence Prevention—or UNITY-- is trying to strengthen urban youth violence prevention. UNITY also works to build national support for necessary resources and policies, and develop tools and framing to ensure long-term sustainability of youth violence prevention efforts. To accomplish this, UNITY aims to engage youth and representatives of the 45 largest cities, along with national violence prevention advocates and leaders, in a National Consortium to shape the U.S. strategy for urban youth violence prevention. UNITY will provide tools, training, and technical assistance to help cities be more effective in preventing youth violence.  For more, visit www.preventioninstitute.org/UNITY.html.

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Real Sports magazine (which focuses on women’s sports) has its 5th Annual Most Important Moments in Sports edition available online free to fans of women's sports. Visit www.realsportsmag.com/teamrs/pdfs/ezine_0106.pdf to read about the highs and lows that impacted the success and viability of women's sports in 2005.


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Looking for a fun and simple activity to do with your daughter? Take her to a girls’ or women’s sporting event. From the WNBA to high school hockey, the atmosphere is great and the role models can’t be beat. So look in the sports section for a schedule of what’s on the court, field, or ice in your neck of the woods.

Have a favorite activity you like to do with your daughter? Share it with us and we may include it in a future DADs Update. Email your story to info@dadsanddaughters.org.


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The 27th Annual National Conference of the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education takes place July 29-August 1, 2006 in Minneapolis. If you can give a few hours of your time to help with this all-volunteer effort, contact Barbara A. Bitters at Barbara.Bitters@dpi.state.wi.us. Learn more about the conference and AGELE at www.agele.org.

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Alcohol advertising contributes to increased drinking among youth, according to new research published in this month’s edition of the American Medical Association’s Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The study has sparked strong response from the liquor industry, as well as from child advocates seeking tougher ad restrictions. Read the report at http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/160/1/18.

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Helen Cordes, editor of the DADs-published Daughters®: For Parents of Girls, writes:

“I recommend an excellent book ‘Nurturing Your Teenager's Soul: A Practical Approach to Raising a Kind, Honorable, Compassionate Teen.’ I just interviewed the author Mimi Doe, who also wrote ‘10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting’; her interview about how to help your daughter become more compassionate will appear in the May/June 2006 issue of Daughters. The book is appropriate for any spiritual background. It doesn't have any sectarian bias, but does have lots of wonderful parenting information.”

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Thank you to the following new and renewing donors that support our work to make a better, safer, fairer world for our daughters!

New Donors

Jim and Sandra Wilson-Barnes

Mary Dewitt  

Richard Gonzalez  

Bill and Brenda Holliday  

Robert Johnston  

Clarke Keenan

Dane Kolbeck  

The Roger & Michelle Marino Charitable Foundation

Lisa Pearl  

Tim Winter 


Renewing Donors

Michael Allmon  

Harold and Brenda Alpert Sigall

John Beem  

Robert and Diana Brookes  

Tom and Lynne Buske  

Tim and Denise Cashman  

Dan Chapman  

Carolyn Costin and Bruce Martin

John and Sharon Goodill  

Richard Gould Susan Kaplan

Paul Gross, MD  

Galen Guengerich and Holly  Atkinson, MD

Candace Havens and Jim Renning

Terry Henderson