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Council Troop Leader Chosen as Guest Speaker for G.I.R.L. National Convention


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Council troop leader, Melissa Atkins Wardy, has been invited to be a guest speaker at this year’s G.I.R.L. Convention. Wardy has a passion about shifting the way people think about childhood. Since 2009 she has been creating meaningful change by fighting gender stereotypes, practicing media literacy, working with media content creators, and showing parents and educators around the world how childhood is impacted by marketing, sexualization, negative body image, and strict gender roles.

Her critically-acclaimed, award winning book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Sexualizing and Stereotyping of Girls, Birth to Tween” was published in 2014. Launched in 2009, Melissa’s empowering children’s clothing line, Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, has received national attention.

Wardy is an active troop leader for 55885 (Daisy & Brownie) and 55883 (Junior & Cadette) here at Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest. She moved to El Paso, TX in 2015 and was previously a Scout and Volunteer in Wisconsin.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest would like to congratulate Melissa on this wonderful opportunity to empower G.I.R.L.s across the country.