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International Women’s Day InkHead Employee Spotlight: Girls Rock Athens


International Women’s Day InkHead Employee Spotlight: Girls Rock Athens

I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

Malala Yousafzai

In honor of International Women’s Day we wanted to spotlight a few of InkHead’s employees who take the time out of their busy schedule to volunteer in their community. Three of our finest work with Girls Rock Athens: Jennifer Weishaupt is the Executive Director, Andrea Boyd is the Board and Finance Director and Deborah Purcell is a Board Member. Their website Girls Rock Athens describes Girls Rock Athens as a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and women of all backgrounds and abilities through music education, creation, and performance. They provide leadership opportunities, build self-esteem, and provide girls with a safe place to express themselves.

Campers and volunteers after the 2015 Showcase

The Girls Rock Athens’ biggest program is their week long day camp. Jennifer says “this camp happens every summer and is for girls ages 9-15. The girls pick an instrument, form and name their bands, and perform at the end of the week at a real venue. During the week the girls also participate in various workshops such as Self Defense, Healthy Relationships, Media Literacy, Zine Making, and DIY Merch (where they screen print t-shirts and make buttons for their newly formed bands). The most rewarding aspect of working with this organization is watching the girls come in shy and unsure at the beginning of the week and then by the end of the week owning their own space and feeling comfortable expressing themselves. Girls Rock Camps exist throughout the United States and Internationally. Each city is a separate organization with a similar mission.” You can find a camp near you here. We would like to thank Jennifer, Andrea, and Deborah for taking time to help the next generation of rock stars find their voice. #InternationalWomensDay #GirlsRockAthens

2014 Showcase at The 40 Watt - photo by Pamela Baxendale

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