Girl Genius Magazine

Our mission is to connect female changemakers interested in STEAM and foster an interest in STEAM in girls from all over the world.

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Website: https://girlgeniusmagazine.wixsite.com/official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/girlgeniusmag/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCznAuoKVAA8hBE0BzmAWC_w ISSUU: https://issuu.com/girlgeniusmagazine

Date You Started Your Project Started

April 28th, 2019 | When our first issue was published

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Girl Genius Magazine solves the problem of connecting female changemakers in STEAM from all over the world. This problem exists, as several girls are discouraged from pursuing STEAM fields due to social standards upheld by society. Solving this problem matters since connecting females with like-minded interests through projects, like our magazine and YouTube channel, allows females to see that STEAM is a path for girls just like them.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Girl Genius solves this problem through our three mediums: our magazine, our YouTube channel, and social media accounts. Our magazine is a project over 90+ girls from 21 different countries works on to foster an interest of STEAM in their communities, but also to explore fields of STEAM they are interested in. Females work together to write articles, create graphics, and magazine layouts, despite being 3,000 miles away; thus, solving the problem of connectivity. In addition to our magazine, our YouTube channel showcases girls achievements in STEAM by interviewing women in the workforce. This allows females to see that girls, like them, can pursue STEAM and be successful. We have collaborated with established non-profits, like Wogrammer, to encourage females to explore their interests in the tech industry particularly. Our team directly encourages high school and college girls to pursue STEAM careers through our social media posts and takeovers on Instagram which highlight successful women in STEAM, blog posts, and women-empowerment brands, like #BUILTBYGIRLS and Safe Squad. Through our three mediums, our team seeks to increase the number of females pursuing STEAM careers.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Girl Genius Magazine was created after I saw the impact of girls being involved in stem programs such as Girls Who Code, BuiltByGirls, and Kode With Klossy. Despite living in the Bay Area, I struggled to find females interested in technology to work on projects with and noticed that many of my friends from different states had the same interests as me. During my sophomore year, I had many video calls with females interested in technology who lived in New York and Chicago in which we discussed app ideas we had, tips on navigating the tech industry as a high school student, and meeting more females in STEAM. Thus, I decided to create Girl Genius Magazine to bridge the gap between girls with like-minded interests from all over the world and change the status quo in order for girls to have a platform to work together to foster an interest of STEAM in female youth.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

Link to video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3lZzsWGbqYZNXhiNzFKZHhya2JvOU5xT0Z0TTNsTWlhYTlB/view?usp=sharing

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Sruthi is a high school sophomore from the Bay Area who use to attend science fairs in elementary school but stopped because she felt isolated since a majority of the entries were males. After finding Girl Genius Magazine on social media, Sruthi applies to be a writer for the science section of our upcoming issue. Upon joining, Sruthi meets 10 girls interested in science from regions like New York, Ohio, New Jersey and Florida. She works together with these girls on creating content for our science magazine and providing meaningful advice to aspiring females in science. Outside of Girl Genius, Sruthi and her new friends help each other with their science fair projects and give each other insight on how to successfully win science competitions in their community. By joining, Sruthi begins to participate in more science fairs and interacts with girls interested in science.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Our project is similar to brands, like #BUILTBYGIRLS, as both of our initiatives seek to end the gender gap in STEAM. However, Girl Genius Magazine is different than already established initiatives, as we uniquely increase connectivity among females in STEAM by having our team work on the magazine, YouTube Channel, and social media platforms together. Furthermore, our initiative targets connecting female changemakers in STEAM which allows us to have a bigger audience in comparison to projects, like Kode With Klossy, who only target females in tech.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Girl Genius Magazine has successfully connected 90 females from 21 different countries. With over 1,300+ reads on our issues, our magazine has impacted several aspiring females in STEAM and garnered support from and partnered with established non-profits and initiatives such as Wogrammer, #BUILTBYGIRLS, Safe Squad, and Kode With Klossy. Our Instagram is followed by 830+ followers and our initiative provides emerging, student-run initiatives, like AI.Hacks and GirlsGotSteam, a platform to gain more following. Over the past five months, our team has created 170+ pages of content which inspires females to go into STEAM and highlights women of color and individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to our magazine and social media, our YouTube channel has received over 2,000 views and highlights women in STEAM careers working in companies, like Microsoft.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

For the future, our team plans to establish an international mentorship program, in which females on our team can help middle school females on projects they want to create. Our team wants to implement this program to encourage more females to go into STEAM, even at an early age. Girl Genius Magazine also plans to partner with more initiatives, like Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and Girls Who Code to engage more females. Our team is also planning to begin a new series on our YouTube channel in which high school and college females can give advice to our audience about their STEAM journey and provide the female youth with a platform to make an impact. Our team is planning to raise money to print magazines to send to developing countries.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Marketing Strategy

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Recommended by others

Evaluation results

49 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 38.8%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 14.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 10.2%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 12.2%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 24.5%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 38.8%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 18.4%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 6.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 16.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 20.4%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 10.4%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 22.9%

1 - This entry is weak here - 16.7%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 22.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 22.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 40.9%

1 - This entry is weak here - 45.5%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 46.9%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 10.2%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 8.2%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 10.2%

1 - This entry is weak here - 24.5%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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This is a pdf of our latest issue which celebrates the STEAM community.

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I love what you're doing with Girl Genius, best of luck with everything!

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This is awesome! STEAM needs more girls and this project will undoubtedly be beneficial to the field. Great work.

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From a fellow girl genius this is a genius idea! I love steam and would love to collab, you can reach me by my social media platforms:).

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Girl Genius Magazine is one of the most amazing things in have ever read. You guys are 100% going somewhere, so keep inspiring.

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Thank you so much!

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Supporting STEM, I like it!

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Thank you so much!

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You guys are doing amazing things, keep it up!

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Thank you so much!

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Good luck with the project

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Thank you so much!

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When our young leaders invest in being the change we want to see in the world it is critical that we encourage, honor and celebrate. And besides girls are smarter than boys anyway :-)!

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For sure! Girl Power is super important

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I hope you get the funding! I really like the idea of distributing issues in developing countries. Setting an example - a picture is worth a thousand words. I like your graphics and layouts too.

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Thank you so much! We want to impact as many girls as possible

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Hi Shivali and team! I am blown away by your beautiful magazine and website! As a writer/editor myself, I appreciate the way you are harnessing the power of words & images to create an inspiring product AND embracing the power of collaboration and connectivity through the creative process. How is the project currently sustained financially? It’s might be worth investing to connect a custom domain name, and focusing on digital rather than print. To expand your reader base and team of contributors, I’d suggest connecting with the many other Changemaker Challenge entries related to girls in STEAM. Best of luck!

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Thank you so much for your support! We currently have no monetary funds so Girl Genius Magazine is run without money. If we receive funding, we are looking to buy a domain name and improve our digital issues. We will definitely connect with other entries, thank you for your feedback!

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I wish you so much success with this endeavor and know you will have a positive on the lives of many.

Congratulations and I look forward to hearing more great things from Shivali Gulati!

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Thank you so much!

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Go, Shivali, go! I'm so excited for you & Girl Genius!!

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Thank you so much for your constant support! We love supporting your strides as women in tech and your accomplishments of running Pretty Smart.

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I hope we can collaborate! Please check out Full STEAM Ahead. I am also a writer and would love to contribute to your magazine.

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We love supporting student-run initiatives like ourselves :) Applications are open at tinyurl.com/GIRLGENIUSISSUE3. Email us at ggpartnershipsdirector@gmail.com to set up a collaboration with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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It's so amazing that Girl Genius creating a place for women in STEAM fields. Congratulations Shivali on all you've accomplished so far and best of luck in the future!

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Thank you so much Joshanne!

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Girl Genius Magazine is absolutely wonderful! I’ve been working on it since it’s founding days and the team of girls is so so amazing. Everyone is so supportive of each other’s work and this magazine is truly changing the world. Our founder is a rockstar and a huge inspiration to me and the rest of the team and this magazine deserves all the love in the world!

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We couldn't have done anything without your support and constant support of ggmag since the very beginning!

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This is a very great project and I hope it goes above and beyond to all corners of the community <3

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Thank you!

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Love it! Such a great idea!

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Thank you so much!

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This is truly impressive for a group of young girls. GG is definitely inspiring. Keep up the amazing job. You’re all going to be widely successful.

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GG has made a big impact on the lives of many girls aspiring for jobs in the STEM fields! Keep up the good work :)

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I really admire the purpose behind this magazine and how you guys are helping to alleviate the concerns of girls who want to pursue a career in STEAM. Keep up the great work!

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I love Girl Genius Magazine! They truly are revolutionizing STEM for young women!

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Thank you for taking initiative to invigorate the interest of girls in the stem field! I am positive the magazine will raise awareness about equal opportunity which is important in today’s society. This magazine is amazing in inspiring young girls and it has inspired me as well!

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You guys seem to be heading somewhere big

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Nice work! keep it up

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Girl Genius is such an incredible organization affecting so many young girls. They truly deserve to win! Everyone on the team is extremely talented. Thank you for being such an inspiration ✨

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Yes Girl Genius!!!! So deserving of this!!! <3

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I think what you guys are doing is fantastic and deeply inspiring! Girl Genius Magazine is a significant step towards the right direction, in connecting STEAM girls throughout America. Keep up the great work!

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I have personally read the first issue of the Girl Genius magazine, and I really REALLY loved it. It was so detailed from the images to the message. So, the fact that they just issued their 2nd magazine make me so excited! I am looking forward to what they do next.

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I actually read the whole thing and I believe it is very well written. I think what you guys are doing is very important and a huge positive influence to girls who as you said are feeling discouraged or are struggling to join the STEAM field.

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Congrats on ISSUE #2!! GG Magazine is really so special because it brings girls interested in STEAM from all across the country together. Not only did I love reading their articles, but I really enjoyed partnering with GG in creating this issue. The GG team is filled with talented, passionate, and hardworking girls. They have created something really amazing. It was a pleasure to working with you guys!!

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Thank you for making this page. :)) It is hard to find girls interested in stem these days

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Great magazine - we love this initiative and supported it at RoundPier! Look forward to seeing more issues

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Thank you for creating this magazine! It’s very inspirational for girls pursuing a STEAM related career.

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This idea of bringing girls together is truly amazing! It would further help break the norm of men being dominant in STEM industries. I feel like this project has the potential to not just connect 90 girls but many, many more! Their social media posts are quite interesting and catchy (props to the graphic design team).

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From where I stand right now, I can definitely see GG going to a very big place in the future. This is incredible and will empower and inspire women everywhere.

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I really think girl genius magazine has so much potential to go places! It’s such a great way to bring talented girls from all fields together and showcase their skills.

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gg magazine is so motivational!!!! this is going to inspire women around the world to peruse and dreams they may have. i can’t wait to see what happens! amazing work!!

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GG magazine is the perfect way to connect and empower women!! I know this will have a huge impact for females around the world, letting them know they have a voice!

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These issues are so inspirational to girls and a huge tool for motivating more involvement in STEAM fields. Can’t wait to read the next issue!! Go Shivali!!

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GG magazine is an incredibly inspiring platform for women to be motivated to pursue opportunities in STEAM. This platform allows for females to connect in this field. I look forward to reading future issues!

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I find Girl Genius Magazine so fascinating and inspiring! The fact that so many girls come together to create this platform is absolutely amazing, and it's great that it can help reach the future generations of girls as well! Looking forward to the next issue!

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i love girl genius magazine for a really long time now and i’ve been following them since the beginning !

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Personally, seeing GG Magazine grow into an inspirational platform for future generations is something that I will never forget! The content is amazing and the fact that girls from all over the world have come together to contribute to GG Magazine is wonderful to see. I can't wait for the next issue and what the future holds for GG Magazine.

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The Girl Genius Magazine is so inspiring! It allows women to be more exposed to the STEAM field as well as letting the women receive multiple opportunities to pursue it. Plus, the magazine also recognizes amazing achievement that many women have done in the past that affected our world today. Definitely looking forward to the next issue! GO GIRLS!!

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girl power!!!!

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I love how inspirational Girl Genius Magazines is!! Its amazing how motivational this is for women to join the STEAM field since its an amazing opportunity that they may not notice at first. Can’t wait to read the next issue!!

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Thanks Aashna <3!

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I love GirlGenius Mag! I follow their Instagram and I am always inspired by the work they do!

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Thank you so much for your constant support! We love supporting female-led initiatives, like Converge, as well!

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Thanks Shivali!

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Hi! Your initiative sounds amazing! I love how you brought change makers in STEAM into the conversation as they are often overlooked by leaders in STEM. I look forward to reading your future issues!

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Thank you so much for your support!

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Hi Shivali! Girl connection is so important and it's awesome to see you working toward that! I also help out with a female empowerment magazine called Reinvented Magazine and really like how you incorporated a YouTube channel to increase reach! Keep up the good work!

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Thank you so much! I also follow Reinvented and love the work you're doing there!