Hey, remember earlier this month when side-by-side photos of Girls’ Life and Boys’ Life were posted to the internet in order to make it clear that, despite what anyone wants to believe about equality of the sexes, we’re still conditioning boys to believe that they should have careers and “explore their futures,” while girls should be more worried about looking great this fall and getting that perfect hair to pair with the latest trend (denim, it’s always denim)?
Yeah, that was pretty obvious, wasn’t it? And it was soundly mocked by Twitter and Facebook and every friend who has their head around the idea of everyday sexism. The side-by-side showed everyone how ridiculous the double standards for boys and girls are.
But you know what was missing in all that well-deserved mocking? Someone stepping up to actually show the magazine what a real cover that empowers young girls would look like. Well, that person is here. Her name is Katherine Young and she redesigned the cover to feature Olivia Hallisey, the winner of Google’s 2015 Science Fair. And aside from changing the cover model, Young also changed the types of articles that would be featured in the magazine. Forget about the latest trends, Young’s Girls’ Life is all about doing good, planning for the future, and eating healthy (because let’s face it, teenagers eat like literal monsters).