May 2018 was the GIRLTALK Magazine’s one year anniversary! To celebrate, we wanted to dedicate an issue to love and culture. However, we figured summer would be a perfect time for this theme. While summer brings excitement and relaxation, the pressures of “summer flings,” bikini bodies, and body image also persist. Last summer’s Body Issue examined the physical expectations of women and how it affects the way we relate to ourselves and others. The Love and Culture Issue focuses on the different ways emotional elements of romantic and sexual relationships also affect our relationship with ourselves and others.

Before we give a preview of this month’s content, we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who reads and supports the GIRLTALK Magazine. Whether you’ve read all seven issues or this is your first time reading us, it is your support that motivates us to continue empowering high school students to participate in the struggle towards gender equity. We are immensely grateful to our writers for their thoughtful, hard work, and to everyone who’s given us kind feedback that reminds us our goal during the harder days: to give young women a platform to voice their ideas about gender in a world that is throwing contradicting and confusing messages at us more so than any time in history.

Among the messages being thrown at us from all angles are various ideas of what relationships are supposed to look like, and this issue discusses the messages being thrown at people of all ages, nationalities, religions, and cultures. We examine “hookup culture” and relationships as high schoolers, how cultural expectation influence marriages in different religions and cultures including the Latinx community, the Asian community, and orthodox judaism, media’s way of portraying love, and personal reflections on concepts such as virginity. There’s also a special account written by two of our writers who recently travelled to Mexico and spend two weeks with the women of the Chiapas community!

We hope everyone is having incredible summers. Enjoy this fun, entertaining and thoughtful issue!



Dear Readers,

Young girls often hear the phrase “the future is female”, echoing inspiration for a future that is more gender equitable with female leaders. However, it is also important to recognize that different generations have experienced distinct obstacles in regards to gender. is issue, we wished to highlight the voices of females from all generations, younger teens, adolescents, adults, and seniors to start a conversation about the different experiences of women across the globe throughout history.

The May Issue of e GIRLTALK Magazine, Women throughout the Years: A MultiGenerational Issue, begins with a seventh grade girl’s reactions on the current atmosphere of name calling in her grade following reporting on objectication in youth from the Summer issue. We hear the voices of current high school teens around the globe discuss their experiences as an adolescent navigating love, feminism and politics, and an in depth analysis is featured about the presence of feminism in Greek life on college campuses. In an interview, Meiko Takayama, CEO of Advancing Women Executives, gives advice to young girls on how to unlock their potential as future high powered executives. Our issue concludes with touching personal reactions of our grandparents’ opinion of the feminist movement throughout history and the contributions of late female activists.

Watching the rise of advocacy for gender equity has been beyond inspiring for us as feminists, editors, and teen girls in high school. Women at the forefront of these movements have all seen gender roles evolve in different ways, and this issue shines light on the individuality of each generation. As we navigate adolescence, mold our identities, and pursue different goals for future career fields, it’s important to realize that our quest for building a future of female leaders will only be strengthened by the diverse and importance voices of female activists, executives, and seniors throughout the generations.



MARCH 2018

In 1918, just above 20% of women in the US worked. Today, that number has risen to about 57%, but it’s dropped since 2000. While Rosie the Riveter was the classic symbol for working women under a century ago, today, women work in a vast range of occupations. The 5th issue of GIRLTALK examines women’s experiences in several different fields, from those we see on the news everyday and those that don’t often cross our mind.

While the amount of working women has increased significantly, the diversity in job choices has increased as well. What do these number look like in real life, though? What does an average day look like for a working woman as opposed to a man? How do the obstacles faced by a female doctor differ (and relate) to those faced by women in entertainment? What does the world “compliment” really mean? These are some of the questions that our passionate, talented writers sought to answer. This issue includes interviews with women in the Israeli military, academia, and more, along with pieces about the countless sexual harassment cases from the olympics, entertainment, retail, and more.

Before the thought-provoking discussions about women in the workforce, we decided re-run the global questionnaire from the first issue, Women in Entertainment, where girls from across the globe talked told us what they aspire to be when they grow up. They inspire us to keep pushing for gender parity in the workforce, and remind us that, to quote Oprah, “a new day is on the horizon.”


Mass media devotes a significant amount of time to women and their bodies, especially today. Advertising promotes the idea that women are expected to adhere to a particularly crafted body and beauty standard with defined facial features and hair color. Imagery that narrowly define womanhood occupies our TV and computer screens.

Perhaps the most prominent conversation about women’s bodies taking up the most media space today began with Harvey Weinstein and was followed by an abundance of allegations reporting sexual harassment and assault. Many of these cases had been kept secret for decades, despite the fact that everyone knew they were occurring.

Girl Talk Magazine’s second issue, The Body Issue, addressed body image on a personal level, its role in our lives, and how it affects the way we perceive ourselves. While Redefining Womanhood still contains self reflection, it focuses the issue of women’s bodies with a more global perspective and the role they play in interactions between individuals, communities, and nations.

Along with pieces about consumerism shaping society, school's’ approach to health class, reproductive rights, and many others, we got the opportunity to speak to women who are making marks on the world each day. Our conversations with Emine Bozkurt, advisor for the IDEA organization, reproductive justice activist Brittany Brathwaite, and a woman who witnessed the daily wrath of Harvey Weinstein at Miramax enhanced our understanding of the complexity of womanhood in a rapidly changing world.

This jam-packed issue begins with girls from all over the world expressing gratitude for women they are grateful for. With an approaching season filled with giving, there are countless women who deserve appreciation each day.



FALL 2017

For this issue, we decided to do something different. Rather than have articles and artwork revolve around a specific theme, we opened this issue for any submission generally relating to gender, sexuality, and feminism, both politically and on a personal level. There is a lot is going on in the political world right now, and there is a lot people have to say. is is reflected in our open issue where we present to you a diverse range of articles that tackle important issues such as political unity, female monuments, gender fluidity, reproductive justice, and more.

From international voices from the Netherlands, India, and America, this issue is a special compilation of feminist discussions. It reveals deeply personal thoughts and opinions, and comments on gendered conflicts occurring in Palestine and other countries around the world. Welcoming both liberal and conservative opinions, we hear from those who dislike the feminist movement’s agenda and others who feel as if the feminist movement is unfairly characterized.

The phrase “what a time to be alive” perfectly describes today’s day in age. Inflammatory words are being thrown out from people with all sorts of ideologies, and it’s becoming difficult to keep track of what exactly is going on not just in our country, but on a global scale. For such rapidly changing times, the only way for women to continue to remain an influential part in society is to constantly engage in discussion. Through Girl Talk Magazine, we hope to provide a feminist forum for people to try to piece together the words and events that are circulated around the world daily.




"The Body Issue” is centering around the female body, articles feature personal stories about sexual assault and eating disorders, critical discussions about the future of pornography and consent, the glorification of Victoria’s Secret models, critiques of one size fits all policies, and more. Visual interpretations of the female body, ranging from paintings to mosaics, are displayed as well. As a warning, some articles in The Body Issue contain sensitive and potentially triggering material, which include sexual assault depictions and violence against women. As an organization who strives to tackle a wide range of gender topics, our second issue does not shy away from controversial, yet important discussions about female sexuality and gender. Lifting different voices, the GIRLTALK brings forward the diversity of female experiences around the globe. We hope that as readers, you will keep an open mind, and use GIRLTALK as a space to be educated, inspired, and challenged.




“Women in the Media”, revolves around the relationship between women and media around the world. It explores the different portrayals of women in the media, and shines a light on issues such as colorism, media sexualization, and Hollywood sexism. A special interview features Kim Raver, actress Teddy on Grey’s Anatomy, who speaks about what it means to be a woman in Hollywood and advice for being creating a powerful generation of females. Multiple perspectives, with high school girls from Guatemala, China, and the US, are included in Women in the Media.