Sunday, March 18, 2007

Power to the (young) people

Yesterday, the Duluth News Tribune published a very nice article about Ashley and Saskia's upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

“We want the government to actually read one of these issues [of New Moon magazine] and take some steps toward what girls want,” Saskia told reporter Will Ashenmacher. “We thought it would make a big impact if they could do some things about issues girls want changed.”

The article explains that while in D.C. this week, the girls will meet with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), and staff members of Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). New Moon Executive Editor Kate Freeborn -- with help from friends of New Moon in Washington, D.C. -- is still trying to set up meetings with Senator Hillary Clinton and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“I’d love to meet Hillary Clinton someday,” Ashley told Will. “I did a research project on her.”

From the article:

For Ashley, the trip will be a dream come true.

“I do think this is just so up her alley,” said Ashley’s mother, Barb. “This is just what she’s always wanted to do.”

Ashley said the prospect of going to Washington with New Moon was part of what got her interested in joining the magazine’s editorial board.

“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I really want to do that,’ ” she said. “And now I get to.”

Check back to the blog later this week to find out what the New Moon delegation has been up to in Washington, D.C.!


Anonymous said...

Dear New Moon,

You're always saying 'think of what political changes GIRLS' want or 'Think of GIRLS when you make a new lay' What about boys? Are you trying to exclude them?

New Moon said...

We're definitely not trying to exclude boys from speaking up to their elected officials. But because New Moon is a girls' magazine, we work specifically with girls' voices and girls' issues. Plus, since girls aren't old enough to vote, and because only 16% of Congress is made up of women, we want to make sure that the people who run our country don't overlook girls' concerns--that they keep them in mind even though many of our elected officials have never had the experience of being girls themselves.