PORTLAND — "Who Changes the World? Girls!" That is the title of the workshop being offered by national women’s rights activist, Shelby Knox, on Saturday, April 6, as part of Girls Rock Weekend.
Knox has been invited to Maine by Hardy Girls Healthy Women as part of their annual celebration of girls’ activism and leadership. Knox is best known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, "The Education of Shelby Knox," a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community.
Girls Rock! Weekend is an annual celebration put on by Waterville-based nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women and consists of a conference for girls, an awards celebration, a workshop and a public talk by Knox.
Events will be spread out between Waterville, Portland and Augusta on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6.
On April 5, Hardy Girls will host its 15th annual Girls Unlimited conference for fourth-eighth grade girls at Colby College. The cost is $20 before April 1, $25 after and scholarships are available.
In the evening, the annual Girls Rock awards ceremony will take place at the Senator Inn and Spa in Augusta. Five girls will be honored for their efforts to make their communities safer, more supportive places for girls. Knox will be honored with the sixth award.
On April 6, Knox will host a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 15-23 at the University of Southern Maine. The cost is $10 and scholarships are available. Later Knox will give a public talk, "Building the Global Girl Revolution," also at USM, on girls’ online activism. The talk is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
More information about all events can be found at www.hghw.org.