Young women from
various Bay Area high schools attended the second annual Young Women's
Health Conference on November 14, 2001 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
in San Francisco. The conference aimed to educate and inform Bay Area
girls about their health and other issues important to their development,
such as self defense, stress management, mental health, education, communication,
and protected sex.
Over a thousand participating
girls sat in the main hall to listen to keynote speakers including Senator Jackie Speier,
environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill, and author Eve Ensler. The speakers told their
personal stories of obstacles and triumphs and shared the passions of their beliefs. The
girls were also able to share the stage during an open-mic session. It was an opportunity
for the girls to share their talents and ideas. Various workshops were held in the morning
and afternoon, with topics including better communication, drug abuse, mother/daughter relationships,
acupuncture, and cultural awareness.
For the second year in a row, this
conference brought girls from all over the Bay Area to educate them about subjects not often discussed
in a classroom environment. The participants were able to share their strength, acknowledge
differences, and begin to find their freedom.
-Adriana Sanchez, Exploratorium Explainer
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