The Mercy College women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams participated in an educational session and discussion with over 30 Girl Scouts and their parents last week in which the student-athletes imparted their experiences and leadership to the young girls.
The Girl Scouts and women’s lacrosse student-athletes viewed the acclaimed documentary Miss Representation and participated in a discussion, addressing studies that have shown American teenagers to spend as many as 31 hours a week watching television, 17 hours listening to music, 3 hours watching movies, 4 hours reading magazines and 10 hours online, which all adds up to 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day. Miss Representation’s curriculum gives media literacy a much-needed gender focus, asking girls and boys to think about the effects of the images they see—particularly the ways media affects women’s and girls’ ability to see themselves and be seen by others as leaders in society.
After a 15-minute break, the women’s lacrosse players further mingled with the Girl Scouts to talk about their experiences at Mercy and the opportunities the College’s Division II sports programs offer. A small group discussion facilitated by Mercy faculty with debrief questions rounded out the session, and a campus tour ended the day.