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Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Congaree Elementary Girls Program

In the fall of 2010, the Women’s Well-Being Initiative launched an after-school program for 2nd- 5th grade girls at Congaree Elementary. UofSC graduate and undergraduate students developed a curriculum and facilitated a series of workshops each semester for two years. The curriculum built upon issues and concerns that surfaced from the girls’ environments and popular culture. The program was designed to engage the girls in dialogue about these issues and to promote high self-esteem and healthy body image through the use of creative writing and art. The girls used multiple vehicles to respond to visual representations of gender, social interactions, personal limits, and multiple realizations that come with being a girl. 

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