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Monday, November 10, 2008

Help Stuff the Ballot Box for Skate Like a Girl

posted by on November 10 at 15:13 PM

Nancy Chang, director of Skate Like a Girl—a local group encouraging young women to participate in a male-dominated sport, build leadership skills, etc.—has been named a L’Oréal 2008 Woman of Worth.

Chang is one of 10 women receiving the award from cosmetic giant but only one of them will walk away with a big sack of cash ($25,000!) to donate to their charity of choice.

You can help put $25,000 in Skate Like a Girl’s coffers by going here and voting for Chang.

Sure, you could vote for some lady who passes out shoes to poor kids on Navajo reservations, but will that woman teach those kids how to ollie? Nope.

Voting starts today and runs through November 24.

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Cool! We need more sk8rs.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 10, 2008 3:17 PM

Yay!!!! Vote for Nancy!!!

Posted by Cori Ready | November 10, 2008 3:19 PM

I voted, but I suspect that most people are not going to consider skateboard lessons more worthy than all those other endeavors. Good luck, though.

Posted by JC | November 10, 2008 3:22 PM

Vote for Nancy! She is doing amazing things with SLAG & around the region.

Posted by Ann | November 10, 2008 3:23 PM

I voted for the lady who does stuff for Appalachian kids. It was between her and the Navajo shoe lady, no offense to our local worthy.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 10, 2008 3:25 PM

I would think the skaters with leadership skills would skate about the same as the skaters without leadership skills.

Posted by elenchos | November 10, 2008 3:26 PM

Yeah, kinda hard to motivate us to vote for female skateboarders when most of those cuases are far more worthy.

Thanks for the heads up. I voted shoes for Navajos...

Posted by kitschnsync | November 10, 2008 3:34 PM

Skateboarding is cool, but there are several more important issues represented there. I voted breasts!

Posted by Henry | November 10, 2008 3:42 PM

thanks for actually posting my email tip. Brings me a flicker of faith that there are people at your work that read emails.

Posted by bobcat | November 10, 2008 3:49 PM

Hey all thanks for checking out the other ladies. I am all for you all to vote who you please, cause they are all great.

In terms of local investments and building future female leaders in the NW region, vote for Skate Like a Girl. It's like a local stimulus program that will provide economic opps for girls and women!

Thanks Johan for Slogging me!


Skate Like a Girl (SLAG) strives to build community coalitions with other groups and organizations that are working to challenge oppression through education and dialouge, with the hope of creating better communities for everyone. In the past SLAG has organized ladies only skate jams, week-long summer skate camps and other events. SLAG offers instructional clinics to female groups of all ages and all levels- from never-eva to forever-eva.

Skate Like a Girl is an unique organization locally and internationally providing an innovative approach to female empowerment and leadership on the individual level, promoting women's skateboarding on the community level and at the same time striving to produce a collective of women who strive for social justice. These ideas are captured best in our vision, mission, and values.

Empower young girls & women to grow into strong, confident leaders who promote and implement social equity.

Promote female skateboarding by fostering confidence in girls & women to skateboard and take leadership in their communities.

Core Values
We value experiential learning, civic participation and social justice.

Posted by Nancy | November 10, 2008 4:09 PM

I voted for Nancy! What a great program!

Posted by Michelle in the Bay | November 10, 2008 4:10 PM

thank you for providing a contrast to nimby-ism: ME ME ME and my backyardism.

Posted by obviously | November 10, 2008 8:24 PM

How can you think that girl/women empowerment and putting Seattle on an international stage is not important? Many of those women do great things, but fostering confidence in girls and promoting female leaders is an exceptional cause! Vote for Nancy! I did.

Posted by Anne | November 10, 2008 11:00 PM

SLAG was one of the greatest summer adventures I have ever had.
Nancy is a great leader, and goes way further than any other woman I know to make youth feel empowered and wanted. She helps young girls believe in themselves and their abilities while helping bring down sex segregation in sports and beyond. Anyone can donate items, hold a fundraiser and deliver whatever to whoever, but it is all too uncommon for someone to happily donate their time.
I don't care if you value shoes, or blankets,
I'll take my self-esteem and skateboard, thank you.

Posted by jordan | November 11, 2008 3:46 PM

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