Girls Work On Self-Esteem

Posted: November 11, 2012 at 5:19 a.m.

Mysterious messages urging women to believe in inner beauty may be popping up across Northwest Arkansas courtesy of girls in third through fifth grades.

At A Glance

Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run is a 10-week program with fall and spring sessions available through local schools. Groups meet twice a week for a lesson on issues facing girls followed by exercise. Girls run a 5K race to celebrate the end of the session with the fall race open to the community as a fundraiser.

The Northwest Arkansas group sponsors about 90 percent of the girls in the program at a cost of $150 each, said Sandra Younger, event and marketing director for Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas. Enrollment grows every year. All money raised through entry fees to next weekend's race stay local and help pay for T-shirts, snacks and curriculum. Younger estimates the spring session will grow to 1,000 girls.

The eighth annual Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk and 10K will start at the Bentonville square Saturday. A 10K begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register visit

Source: Staff Report

At A Glance

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“Operation Beautiful: One Note at a Time” by Caitlin Boyle will be released Dec. 27. The book expands on Boyle’s blog,, and is aimed at tweens.

Source: Staff Report

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I'm really weary of all the focus on girls. What about the boys. Where is the matching program for boys? Schools have to have the same number of sports programs for girls as for boys, so why don't organizations that infiltrate the schools have to provide the same for boys? Why do patrons stand by and allow the young men to be ignored?

Posted by: suekmiller09281415

November 11, 2012 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sports programs are mandated because tax dollars are spent on them. Private programs have no such mandate. As for the apparent focus on these programs for girls, note that-- at the very least-- boys don't have the fashion industry and every industry that uses models telling them that their natural body form is "too fat". Boys are not sexualized by the fashion and pageant industries from the age of five.

RE "Why do patrons stand by and allow the young men to be ignored?"
There are, in fact, programs directed to the particular needs of boys; they usually concentrate on issues such as studying and grades, and developing appropriate social skills-- areas in which girls generally outperform boys. Unfortunately, these areas of achievement somehow don't count for girls: society is more concerned that even girls who excel socially and in school are "too fat".

Posted by: AlphaCat

November 11, 2012 at 1:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )