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About Girls and Wonderly

16/04/2013

If you watched the seventh installment of Benjamin Cooks “Becoming YouTube,” then you know its focus was on the females of YouTube and some of the challenges they face. The essential question the video sought to answer regarding this was “why?” Why is it harder for girls to make it big?

Lately, more and more people are taking a stand for girls who want to create and express their thoughts and opinions on YouTube. People from John Green to Tyler Oakley have commented on this issue and posted incomplete lists of several female vloggers worth watching.

One major contributor, or even leader, to bring awareness of female talent and encourage it is a website called Wonderly.  What is Wonderly? To put it simply, it is a place for girls to discover amazing new things and be inspired to create amazing new things. The website features a ton of video recommendations. Each month has a theme and anyone is allowed to  get involved and submit their creative content to be displayed.

Two specific vloggers that I encountered there are Emily the Brave and MarinaShutUp, whose content I really enjoy for their blunt, yet funny nature.They also feature my favorite web series, Squaresville. The show is in its second season and each episode is about the same length as your average YouTube video. It depicts two girls growing up in the suburbs facing challenges many teenagers go through. Its ability to be relatable is what makes it a good show.

However, it is more than just a place for entertainment. The creation of Wonderly is important. At least I, personally, think it is. While women have made great progress to find equality in a male dominated society, there is still much to be done.  Wonderly is a great tool to motivate girls to use their talent and share it with the world. It is a great way to boost their confidence and be assured that what they can do is not just being noticed, but is also being celebrated. I am sure Wonderly and all of its supporters will reach great new heights to have girls be seen as talented equals and also have them feel like talented equals. I wish them all of the best.

If you haven’t yet taken the time to check out Wonderly, do it now and see for yourself the awesome things that are happening there.

~Celene

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