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The MY HERO Project The MY HERO Project uses media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower Through an ever growing digital library and multimedia journal, MY HERO gives people of all ages the tools to create and share expressions of heroism with a global learning community that promotes peace, tolerance, and ecological responsibility.

The primary objectives of The MY HERO Project are to: increase participants technological and communication skills; provide resources for collaborative learning and research; encourage community engagement and activism; bridge political and religious divides to foster cross-cultural awareness; and improve the outreach capacity of individual heroes, artists and nonprofit organizations.

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For LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we shine a light on LGBT heroes who have shaped our culture.See our showcase here: myhero.com/lg...
06/01/2022
LGBT Pride Month | JUNE

For LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we shine a light on LGBT heroes who have shaped our culture.

See our showcase here: myhero.com/lgbt-pride-month
Featuring: Daniel Roy Magic, Georgia Bridgers, Lady Gaga, Alan Turing, David Bowie, Ellen DeGeneres and so many more!

#pridemonth #lgbt #lgbtq

For LGBT Pride Month we shine a light on LGBT heroes who have shaped culture. Historically, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) was established to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, NY.

Congratulations to The Weedfish directed by Aart Jan van Dijk and Matt Silcock! This film is one of the finalists for th...
05/31/2022

Congratulations to The Weedfish directed by Aart Jan van Dijk and Matt Silcock! This film is one of the finalists for the Sylvia A. Earle Conservation Award.

Watch: https://myhero.com/the-weedfish

#MYHERO #WorldOceansDay #ocean #hero

05/31/2022
05/31/2022

Today's the birthday of the remarkable Dr. Helen Taussig (May 24, 1898 – May 20, 1986), pediatric cardiologist!

Taussig was partially deaf following an ear infection in childhood; in early adulthood this progressed to full deafness. To compensate for her loss of hearing, she learned to use lip-reading techniques and hearing aids to speak with her patients. Taussing also developed a method of using her fingers, rather than a stethoscope, to feel the rhythm of their heartbeats. Some of her innovations have been attributed to her ability to diagnose heart problems by touch rather than by sound.

Her early career in pediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins consisted of studying babies with congenital heart defects. In particular, she was interested in learning about babies born with cyanosis caused by their heart's inability to circulate oxygenated blood properly and referred to as “blue baby” syndrome.

Together with the chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins, Alfred Blalock, and his laboratory assistant Vivien Thomas, she helped create the Blalock-Thomas-Taussig shunt in 1944, which helped extend the lives of these infants. By 1951, the team had operated on over 1,000 children and the surgery had a mortality rate of only 5%.

Taussig is also known for her work in banning thalidomide and was widely recognized as a highly skilled physician. Taussig was the first woman to be made a full professor at Johns Hopkins (in 1959). She was the first woman to be elected head of the American Heart Association. And in 1964 she was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The 2022 Women's History Theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope" and we believe Dr. Helen Taussig certainly fits the bill!

You can learn more about this remarkable woman from the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes: https://www.lowellmilkencenter.org/programs/projects/view/warrior-of-the-heart

05/31/2022

Rachel Carson, the marine biologist and author whose writing on pesticides helped to launch the modern environmental movement, was born on this day in 1907. Carson published her famous work "Silent Spring" in 1962 which documented the dangers of indiscriminate use of synthetic pesticides, especially on bird populations. Though its publication was met with strong opposition from the chemical industry, the scientific community largely supported her conclusions. "Silent Spring" also served as a rallying point for the young environment movement just gaining momentum at the time of its publication.

The book fueled public interest in environmental and public health issues and, within a few years, the Nixon Administration formed the Environmental Protection Agency. Much of the EPA's early work focused on issues raised by Carson's work such as a 1972 law regulating pesticides and a US ban on the agricultural use of DDT. Carson's book "Silent Spring" is considered one of the twentieth century's most influential works of non-fiction and, in 2006, the editors of Discover Magazine named it one of the 25 greatest science books of all time. For her many contributions to environmental conservation, President Carter posthumously awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Her pioneering work "Silent Spring" is still in print today and available at https://amzn.to/3EWGn4L

To introduce children to the trailblazing Rachel Carson, we highly recommend "Rachel Carson & Her Book that Changed the World" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/rachel-carson-book) and "Who Was Rachel Carson" for ages 8 to 12 (https://www.amightygirl.com/who-was-rachel-carson)

There is also an excellent biography / science activity guide, "Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids," for ages 9 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/rachel-carson-and-ecology-for-kids

For adult readers, we highly recommend "On A Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson" (https://www.amightygirl.com/on-a-farther-shore) and "Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature" (https://www.amightygirl.com/rachel-carson-witness)

And, for many books for kids about the importance of protecting the environment, visit our special feature on the "Top Children's Books on the Environment" at https://www.amightygirl.com/mighty-girl-picks/top-children-s-books-on-the-environment

Good news from the World Wildlife Fund. 🦋
05/31/2022
Eastern monarch butterfly population shows signs of recovery | Stories | WWF

Good news from the World Wildlife Fund. 🦋

The presence of monarch butterflies in Mexico’s forests this past winter was 35% greater than the previous year, according to the most recent survey of the region led by WWF Mexico. This increase marks a sign of recovery—albeit a fragile one—and gives some reason for hope against a backdrop of...

05/29/2022

Mary Golda Ross -- the first Native American aerospace engineer -- was born in a small Cherokee town in rural Oklahoma in 1908 where she was often the only girl in math class at school. During WWII, she worked on the P-38 Lightning, one of the fastest airplanes at the time, and later she worked on cutting edge research during the early space race as part of Lockheed's top-secret Skunk Works program. To read the inspiring story of this trailblazing engineer, visit https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=26040

For an inspiring picture book telling her story, we highly recommend "Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer" for ages 5 to 9 at https://www.amightygirl.com/classified-mary-golda-ross

To introduce older kids to five more remarkable women in engineering -- plus a variety of engineering projects they can try at home - we highly recommend "Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Engineers" for ages 8 to 11 at https://www.amightygirl.com/gutsy-girls-engineers

To inspire kids with the stories of more trailblazing women of the early space race, we recommend "Margaret and the Moon" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/margaret-and-the-moon), "Counting on Katherine" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/counting-on-katherine), and the graphic novel "Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier" for ages 10 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/astronauts-women-on-the-final-frontier)

For toys and kits to encourage your Mighty Girl's interest in engineering and invention, visit our blog post, "Building Her Dreams: 60 Building Toys for Mighty Girls," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10430

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05/28/2022

Timeline photos

"Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone." — Mister Rogers

PBS KIDS on talking to children about tragic events in the news: to.pbs.org/3wKm4VZ

First Black winner of Pritzker Architecture Prize discusses his community-focused designs
05/28/2022
First Black winner of Pritzker Architecture Prize discusses his community-focused designs

First Black winner of Pritzker Architecture Prize discusses his community-focused designs

The biggest international prize in architecture will be awarded Friday in London to an architect known for his work on buildings that address social needs, particularly in African countries. This year’s prize also made history, as Francis Kéré became the first African and first Black architect t...

Photos from LeBron James Family Foundation's post
05/28/2022

Photos from LeBron James Family Foundation's post

Photos from Amanda Gorman's post
05/28/2022

Photos from Amanda Gorman's post

Photos from The Library of Congress's post
05/26/2022

Photos from The Library of Congress's post

Happy Birthday, Esther Wojcicki We are so grateful for everything you do for education and The MY HERO Project.#educatio...
05/26/2022

Happy Birthday, Esther Wojcicki We are so grateful for everything you do for education and The MY HERO Project.

#education #creativecommons

05/26/2022
Congratulations to All the Way to the Ocean made by Douglas E. Rowell and Joel Harper! This film is one of the finalists...
05/25/2022

Congratulations to All the Way to the Ocean made by Douglas E. Rowell and Joel Harper! This film is one of the finalists for our Sylvia A. Earle Ocean Conservation Award which is presented by One World One Ocean.

Watch: https://myhero.com/all-the-way-to-the-ocean-2

#MYHERO

Calling all final entries for our Mattie J.T. Stepanek prize-giving poetry contest with a deadline of June 1st.Find out ...
05/24/2022
The 2022 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest

Calling all final entries for our Mattie J.T. Stepanek prize-giving poetry contest with a deadline of June 1st.

Find out more here: myhero.com/poetry-contest
#poetry #contest

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest is open for submissions!

05/24/2022

Today's the birthday of the remarkable Dr. Helen Taussig (May 24, 1898 – May 20, 1986), pediatric cardiologist!

Taussig was partially deaf following an ear infection in childhood; in early adulthood this progressed to full deafness. To compensate for her loss of hearing, she learned to use lip-reading techniques and hearing aids to speak with her patients. Taussing also developed a method of using her fingers, rather than a stethoscope, to feel the rhythm of their heartbeats. Some of her innovations have been attributed to her ability to diagnose heart problems by touch rather than by sound.

Her early career in pediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins consisted of studying babies with congenital heart defects. In particular, she was interested in learning about babies born with cyanosis caused by their heart's inability to circulate oxygenated blood properly and referred to as “blue baby” syndrome.

Together with the chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins, Alfred Blalock, and his laboratory assistant Vivien Thomas, she helped create the Blalock-Thomas-Taussig shunt in 1944, which helped extend the lives of these infants. By 1951, the team had operated on over 1,000 children and the surgery had a mortality rate of only 5%.

Taussig is also known for her work in banning thalidomide and was widely recognized as a highly skilled physician. Taussig was the first woman to be made a full professor at Johns Hopkins (in 1959). She was the first woman to be elected head of the American Heart Association. And in 1964 she was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The 2022 Women's History Theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope" and we believe Dr. Helen Taussig certainly fits the bill!

You can learn more about this remarkable woman from the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes: https://www.lowellmilkencenter.org/programs/projects/view/warrior-of-the-heart

Happy Birthday, Ryan!Read about Ryan's journey here: myhero.com/ryan-coogler-3#myheroalumni
05/23/2022

Happy Birthday, Ryan!

Read about Ryan's journey here: myhero.com/ryan-coogler-3

#myheroalumni

Celebrating National Rescue Dog Day!!#dogs #dogrescue
05/20/2022

Celebrating National Rescue Dog Day!!
#dogs #dogrescue

05/20/2022

Congratulations to the United States Women's National Soccer Team for winning their six-year fight for equal pay between the men's and women's national teams! In a landmark agreement announced yesterday, the U.S. Soccer Federation agreed to guarantee that players representing the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams will receive the same pay when competing in international competitions. In a first of its kind provision, the national teams will also pool the unequal prize payments received from FIFA for their participation in the World Cup and share the money equally among the members of both teams.

The agreement was reached six years after a group of female players began a campaign challenging years of wage discrimination, arguing that the female players were paid less than their male counterparts even as their won world championships and Olympic gold metals. In speaking of the hard-fought equal pay victory, U.S. Soccer’s president, Cindy Cone, observed: “No other country has ever done this. I think everyone should be really proud of what we’ve accomplished here. It really, truly, is historic.”

For an inspiring photo-filled book for soccer-loving Mighty Girls, we recommend “Play Like a Girl: Life Lessons from the Soccer Field” for ages 8 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/play-like-a-girl

For an excellent book for adults about the evolution of the USWNT from its formation in the 1980s to its fight for equal pay, we highly recommend "The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer" at https://www.amightygirl.com/the-national-team

For a fun soccer t-shirt that shows what girls can do on the field -- available for all ages toddlers through adults -- check out the "I Know I Play Like A Girl. Try to Keep Up" t-shirt at https://www.amightygirl.com/play-like-a-girl-shirt

For two dolls for young soccer fans, check out the "Made to Move Soccer Doll" (https://www.amightygirl.com/made-to-move-soccer-doll) and the "Soccer Coach Doll and Playset" (https://www.amightygirl.com/soccer-coach-doll), both for ages 3 and up

To read more about the details of the agreement in the NY Times, visit https://nyti.ms/3lsrluW

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Today we celebrated #ReadAcrossAmericaDay sponsored by The National Education Association 🌏📚 National Education Association We celebrate Reading Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, but also as a day to engage children in the habit of reading! Learn more at myhero.com/read-across-america-day-showcase
The MY HERO Project is happy to announce our team featured at the Symposium "Heroes in Print" 🦸🌏 This meeting aims to create an open-discussion space for people who study heroism –from aspects of psychology, literature, history or media studies, and is presented by the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) and The Obama Institute. Email [email protected] for the Program and Zoom link!
Submit your short film to the MY HERO International Film Festival! Students submit for free! Learn more: https://myhero.com/Films/festival Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/MYHEROIFF #MYHERO #MHIFF #films
#WomensHistoryMonth ✊✨is celebrated each March in the United States as a way to "amplify women's voices to honor the past, inform the present and inspire the future." Visit: http://ow.ly/zfGN50I7hnr to view a program of short films celebrate women trailblazers and show the kinds of obstacles these women faced, as well as common threads between their stories. Women Entrepreneur The Women's Network Women In Film Women in Film and Television UK Women In Film and Television Ohio Women in Film & Television Vancouver Women in Film & Television Atlanta Women in Film & Television Florida Women In Film Cincinnati Women in Film, Television & Media Italia Minnesota Women in Film & Television Women in Cinema Collective
March is #DevelopmentalDisabilitiesAwareness Month See an excerpt from Faith's World, the winner of the 2021 #RelationshipsFirst and #PeoplesChoice Awards 🏆🎬✨ Check out the trailer at myhero.com/bykids-trailer-faiths-world Guilbault Girls BYkids #cerebralpalsy
Today's #HistoricHero is #MaryLyon, American pioneer in women's education! She established the Wheaton Female Seminary in 1834, then Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1837 and served as its first president for 12 years. Learn more at: myhero.com/mary-lyon-featured-2020 📖✨ Wheaton College Wheaton College Massachusetts Wheaton College Massachusetts Alumni Association Mount Holyoke College Mount Holyoke College Anthropology Club Mount Holyoke Student Life
The deadline for this year's Sylvia Earle Ocean #Conservation Award is approaching 🎬✨ Submit your #OceanConservation film to the MY HERO International Film festival by 5/1 for your chance at a cash prize! View the 2018 Winner of the award at myhero.com/gwala-rising 🎟 Submit today! Ocean Conservancy Conservation International Conservation International - Philippines Conservation International Indonesia Conservation International Asia Pacific Conservation International, Kenya Conservation International Greater Mekong Department of Conservation 保護國際基金會 Conservation International Hong Kong Conservation International Timor-Leste Conservation International, Liberia Conservation International Pacific Islands
Yesterday's #HistoricHero was actress and activist Elizabeth Taylor! She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s Learn more at: myhero.com/e_taylor Elizabeth Taylor The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation