The SPARK Summit: Challenging the sexualization of girls and women at Hunter College in New York City

Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls ignites organizations to action to challenge the sexualization of girls and women
On October 22, 2010, Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD, Senior Director, Women’s Programs Office and Krysta Jones, Public Interest Government Relations Senior Officer, Legislative & Federal Affairs joined other women leaders and girl activists at the SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge) Summit.  Held at Hunter College in New York City, the summit focused on “push[ing] back against the increasingly sexualized images of girlhood in the media and creat[ing] room for whole girls and healthy sexuality.”  In an effort to encourage girls to take proactive steps to combat sexualization through organizing and speaking out, programming addressed the impact of sexualization on girls, which research suggests may lead to depression, lower self-esteem, and eating disorders.  While focused on girls and young women between the ages of 14 to 22, the summit’s keynote address was given by actress Geena Davis, Feminist social and political activist Gloria Steinem also addressed the group. Visit the SPARK Summit webpage to look at the day’s programming and read about future activities.