Girls Coloring for Change: How Two Baltimore Students are Empowering the Next Generation of Women


Anna Doherty and Hope Sacco, the young local authors of the empowering coloring book, “Girls Coloring for Change.” This image is courtesy of WBAL-TV. 

Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we understand how incredibly important it is for young women to feel inspired, confident, and hopeful for their futures. Without encouragement and empowerment, young women (especially living in poverty) can find themselves pregnant, skipping school, and giving up on their dreams. It makes us so proud to share with you the story of two female Baltimore students who are working to create a strong self-image for the next generation of young women. Let us tell you m

What is Girls Coloring for Change?

“Girls Coloring for Change” is a 42-page coloring book created by two Baltimore students who attend Roland Park Middle School – yes, middle school! The authors, Anna Doherty and Hope Sacco, told WBAL-TV, “We wanted to show real women who weren’t PhotoShopped and weren’t all models who have changed the world, no matter what they looked like.” Illustrations in the coloring book include Rosie the Riveter, the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, and more.

Why is Girls Coloring for Change Important?

The coloring book “Girls Coloring for Change” is important because it sends a positive message to young girls in Baltimore and beyond that they too can be leaders one day. According to WBAL-TV, the book shows images and stories of women leaders and trailblazers from cover to cover and won high honors with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Business Plan Award. If you ask us, these two authors are leading by example and we are incredibly impressed at what they have accomplished as local eighth graders.

How Can I Support Girls Coloring for Change?

If you want to show your support, you can purchase “Girls Coloring for Change” through for just $10. You can also shop here for the book, like their Facebook page, or follow their Instagram account, which states, “We create coloring books that include powerful women so our next generation of females have better role models.”

Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping

To learn more about our youth programs, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

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