APA leads advocacy efforts against sexualization

Brings together key leaders in the field

(from L to R) Eileen Zurbriggen, PhD, University of California-Santa Cruz, Tarshia Stanley, PhD, Spelman College, Deborah Tolman, PhD, SPARK Movement, and Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD, SPARK MovementOn April 13, 2011, APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) hosted the first Advocacy Against Sexualization Summit, to create a collaborative strategic plan to more effectively advocate for healthier images of women and girls.  Eileen Zurbriggen, Ph.D., chair of the former APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls; Deborah Tolman, Ph.D., former Task Force member and cofounder of the SPARK Movement; Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., cofounder of the SPARK Movement; Tarshia Stanley, Ph.D., Spelman College; and Krysta Jones, PI-GRO, presented on research, youth empowerment programs, policy proposals, and advocacy efforts on the issue.  Key organizations and agencies that participated in critical planning discussions to prioritize collaborative efforts with media, government, youth, parents, and teachers to address this important issue, included:

  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Girls Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health
  • the Office of Adolescent Health at the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Women’s Media Center

APA will facilitate regular meetings of lead groups to implement a strategic plan focused on advocacy against sexualization.

Tarshia Stanley, PhD, Spelman College (left) and Clare Bresnahan, Girl Scouts of the USASince the APA Task Force Report release in 2007, APA’s Women’s Programs Office and PI-GRO have worked to disseminate this important resource to policymakers and organizational partners and have developed educational materials for the public.  In 2010, APA initiated federal legislation, the Healthy Media for Youth Act, based on the report’s recommendations, and also spearheaded the Healthy Media for Youth Week to further educate the public on this issue through Facebook and the APA website.   

For more information or to join the Coalition, please contact Krysta Jones, APA Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer.

Summit Materials

Agenda (PDF, 19KB) 
Presenter Biographical Information (PDF, 21KB)

Partners and Web Resouces

Dads and Daughters
Mind on the Media
New Moon Girls Online
SPARK Summit