Lunchtime Seminar: Teen Voices: Identity Development in a Community-Based Media Internship

March 18, 2010



WELLESLEY, MA— In this case study of an internship setting for urban teen girls in the Boston area called Teen Voices, Linda Charmaraman will explore how working for an alternative teen magazine might influence adolescent girls’ identity development, including beliefs related to gender and family expectations, media stereotypes, and future success. The goal of this qualitative study is to document how community-based settings can affect adolescent girls’ awareness about their sense of individual and collective agency for personal success and achievement.

Lunchtime Seminar Series programs are free and open to the public. Held Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Cheever House Library, the seminars highlight the work of Wellesley Centers for Women researchers and program staff. For more information, call 781.283.2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org.  

For 35 years, scholars from the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College have helped drive positive social change through their social science research projects and training programs. Work at WCW addresses three major areas: the status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional wellbeing of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.