We met back in January, 2000 to discuss the insert
in Today's Woman magazine. At that time, most of us had
no idea that this project would ever see the light of day, but
here it is. And to tell you the truth, we're really glad that
it made it.
Getting involved in this was like stepping blindfolded into
a raging tornado. Once everything got put into motion, there
was no stopping it. Meetings became more frequent, writing was
refined and edited, artwork sprang to life, and everyone grew
steadily more excited. Even as the deadline began to rear its
ugly little head, we just kept plugging away until everything
was in place.
The title in itself was quite a collaboration. Many ideas were
tossed about, but none seemed to fit. Then WOW GIRLZ came up,
and everyone liked it. Even the spelling was voted on, however,
and later we kind of laughed about it since we were so worried
we would never come up with a solution.
If we hadn't stuck with this project, you wouldn't be holding
the finished product right now. Please enjoy our first issue
of WOW GIRLZ; hopefully there'll be more in the near future.
(For more information on submissions to future issues, go to
WOW GIRLZ magazine was edited and produced
by a team of young girls (with some help from editor Anita Oldham
and other Today's Woman staff).
This collaborative effort between WE SURVIVE'S WOW (Women Offering
Wisdon) program and Today's Woman, is the fruition of
a dream of WE SURVIVE'S founder Sharon Cecil. Sharon, a breast
cancer survivor and mother of a daughter who escaped a breast
cancer scare in her early 20s, has committed her energies to
encouraging girls to know themselves and their bodies in the
hopes that early detection will translate to a lower incidence
of breast cancer.