Cultural Capital: Girlhood Interrupted
In 2017, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality released a groundbreaking study, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, which revealed that adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers. Now, follow-up research centers the voices of Black women and girls, who confirmed in focus groups that they commonly experience this bias and believe it is linked to harsher treatment in schools and other public systems.
Join us to learn about the unique ways the Initiative is using art and storytelling to highlight the experience of young Black girls. Speakers include:
- Naomi Wadler, 12-year-old youth advisor to the center
- Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality
- Ashley Joi, Artist commissioned to respond to adultification bias research
- Sacnha McBurnie, Photographer commissioned to respond to adultification bias research
Ticket Purchasing Options
- Reservations required. $20 general; $15 members, seniors, students.
- VIP packages are available for those interested in reserving preferred seating and supporting the Center on Poverty’s Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity. Reproductions of original artwork commissioned for this event are part of this package. Cost: $350 per ticket, $500 per pair.
The book I Am the Voice: Girls' Reflections from Inside the Justice System is also available for purchase below and the day of the event. This compilation of girls’ visual and written work from across the country expresses their reflections on their experiences with the juvenile justice system.