Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Every girl deserves an education

She’s the First is a not-for-profit organization that funds education sponsorships for girls in the developing world. In most cases, a girl who benefits from She’s the First will be the first female in her family to graduate from secondary school. In a world where 70 percent of out-of-school youth are girls, She’s the First is taking immediate action to ensure a future of universal education that will put an end to global poverty.

As a Millennial-led not-for-profit, She’s the First attracts a core audience born between 1980 and 1995, whose relatively small donations stretch far to make a huge difference. The cost of a year’s sponsorship can be as low as $80, but averages $200 to $300 a year.

She’s the First hosts two marquee events each year, the GIRLS WHO ROCK benefit concert and the She’s the First Soiree in New York City. Beyond events, She’s the First is a storytelling platform, where people see the efforts that make a sponsorship possible, and then see how it impacts a girl. She’s the First is a brand that is personally relatable: Women celebrate the achievement that makes them a first, attribute it to their education, and then have an intense desire to pay it forward by giving another girl her opportunity.

In 2010, She's the First raised more than $13,500 to sponsor at least 37 girls for one year!

To help She’s the First continue its amazing work to empower girls around the world, Glamour Gone Good will donate $1 to She’s the First for every new follower @GlamourGoneGood gets between March 29th and April 12th.*

Every @GlamourGoneGood Twitter follower who completes this tweet: “I am the first…” will be entered to win a free gift from Glamour Gone Good that includes the following Bath & Body Works products:
  • Cucumber Melon Eau de Toilette (1.7 oz.)
  • Magnolia Blossom Body Lotion (8 oz.)
  • Coconut Lime Verbana Bubble Bath (10 oz.)

Follow @GlamourGoneGood and tell us what you’re the first to do!

* As of March 29, 2011, Glamour Gone Good has 2,044 followers. The maximum donation Glamour Gone Good will make to She’s the First during this promotion is $500.

Rules: The free gift is available to any U.S. resident with a Twitter account. The winner of the free gift will be picked at random from re-tweets and announced via twitter tweets and a direct message to the winner. If a winner does not answer and claim the free gift within 7 days, another winner will be picked at random.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Celebrate Women with Glamour Gone Good

Did you know that March is Women's History Month and that March 8th is International Women's Day? And, it just so happens that this year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

If you're not familiar with International Women's Day, here's the scoop: Each year, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur on this day and throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. The United Nations has declared 2011's theme: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

In honor of International Women's Day, Glamour Gone Good is paying tribute to the women who helped launch and continue to nurture its growth by hosting a Twitter contest to #CelebrateWomen.

Starting March 8, 2011, anyone that follows @GlamourGoneGood on Twitter and re-tweets: Follow @GlamourGoneGood to celebrate women & enter to #win a Bath&Body Works gift basket. RT to win! http://bit.ly/he6KyQ #CelebrateWomen will automatically be entered to win a complimentary gift package full of Bath & Body Works products, generously donated by beauty blogger, Chrissy Callahan.

The rules are as follows:
  • Follow @GlamourGoneGood
  • Tweet: Follow @GlamourGoneGood to celebrate women & enter to #win a Bath&Body Works gift basket. RT to win! http://bit.ly/he6KyQ #CelebrateWomen

The gift package includes the following Bath & Body Works products:

* Chocolate Escape 3-in-1 Body Wash, Bubble Bath & Shampoo
* Secret Wonderland Sensual Swirl Body Lotion
* Temptations Vanilla Ice Cream Body Splash
* Liplicious Cupcakes Pink Chiffon Lip Gloss

The winner will be announced via Twitter on March 16, 2011.

NOTE: The #CelebrateWomen giveaway contest has officially closed. Thanks to all those who participated.

Rules: The contest is open to any U.S. resident with a Twitter account. The winner will be picked at random from re-tweets and announced via twitter tweets and a direct message to the winner. If a winner does not answer and claim the prize within 7 days, another winner will be picked at random.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

CARE Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

Source: PRNewswire-USNewswire

Soulful Songwriters, Citizens Storming Capitol Hill for Change and a Twitter Celebrity Auction Highlight CARE's Celebration of the Accomplishments of Women and Girls Around the World

The Empire State Building will glow orange for one night. Concertgoers will gather to hear Grammy winner India.Arie, hitmaker Michael Franti and others perform a tribute. Twitter users will participate in a TwitChange celebrity auction. More than a thousand people will descend on Capitol Hill to demand a better world for millions of marginalized women and girls around the globe.

And that's just a taste of what's planned in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day through CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering girls and women.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a time to recognize the political, economic and social achievements of women past, present and future. It also serves as a reminder of inequities that remain. And it is the growing movement to close that gap that will take center stage this March as people across the United States recognize this historic occasion.

"We are so excited about CARE's International Women's Day celebration this year," said CARE President and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle. "Not only will we honor the accomplishments of girls and women during the past century, but everything we do will be designed to inspire others to act on their behalf."

On March 8, CARE will kick off its annual conference in Washington D.C. with a tribute concert by recording artists India.Arie, Michael Franti, American idol alum Crystal Bowersox and, in an exclusive U.S. premier performance, Idan Raichel. Here CARE also will unveil a first-of-its-kind report entitled, "The Top 10 Myths About Women & the Heroes Who Bust Them," which identifies some of the most prominent myths about girls and women and sets the record straight through facts, figures and remarkable stories of mythbusters.

On March 9-10, the conference will unite more than a thousand advocates at the Washington Hilton to discuss pressing global poverty issues, such as the importance of foreign assistance, quality education for girls and economic opportunities for women. Conference participants will hear from notables such as: CARE's Dr. Gayle; Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Former First Lady Laura Bush; and Judy Woodruff of PBS' NewsHour. Advocates will then head to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and take an active role in influencing U.S. policy to improve the lives of millions of vulnerable women and girls around the world.

CARE's partners also are using the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day to inspire others to improve the lives of women globally. CARE is joining forces with TwitChange in an online auction to generate interest – and dollars – for CARE. Fans will bid on the chance to be followed, mentioned or retweeted on Twitter by their favorite celebrities. The auction will run from March 2-12, 2011.

CARE is working with Vivanista, a charitable fundraising resource, and Sprinkles Cupcakes to spark a movement during the month of March, encouraging people everywhere to host Parties For A Purpose™ that raise awareness and funds for CARE. Party hosts can download a simple digital toolkit, containing fun party ideas; trivia and discussion questions, a social media guide and Sprinkles Cupcakes signature recipes. In addition to contributing a portion of cupcake and mix sales to CARE, the first 50 people to sign-up to organize a party using Meetup will receive a free gift from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

There will be gifts too. Packages, actually. CARE is planning a special announcement: A modern twist on the original CARE Packages that defined CARE's early years and grew into a symbol of American generosity.

And shining like a giant candle amid the celebration will be the Empire State Building. The evening of March 8, New Yorkers will see it lit in orange — CARE's signature color — in honor of International Women's Day.

To join CARE's International Women's Day activities, visit www.care.org.

About CARE: Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education, health and economic opportunity. To learn more, visit www.care.org.