Saturday, January 20, 2018
Education

Land O'Lakes High grad founds new online magazine to empower young women

LAND O'LAKES — If one Land O'Lakes High School graduate has it her way, no young woman will ever go "MissHeard."

As a teen, Lindsey Turnbull saw many magazines aimed at girls her age, but few that addressed other needs of today's thoughtful, opinionated, well-rounded young woman.

"It's perfectly okay to write and read articles about boys, makeup and dating," said Turnbull, 24. "But a lot of girls are also good students who read books and have strong opinions, who want to start a business and seek good working woman role models to help them reach this goal."

"No one is telling their story," she said. "Where are our magazines?" So Turnbull is starting one of her own.

In the ezine publication's mission statement, MissHeard is a "space for young women's voices to be shared and heard. Through submissions from adults and teens, 'MissHeard' fosters autonomy, empowerment and a sense of community."

Community is particularly important to Turnbull. At the University of Central Florida, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees, she mentored teen girls at nearby middle schools.

"It was a program for young women leaders," she explained. "The girls were so responsive to our ideas and had so much to say. They just needed someone to listen."

The official MissHeard magazine website is set to debut next month and already has co-sponsored Sunrise of Pasco's Day of the Girl creative arts competition.

"Lindsey, through Miss­Heard magazine, has created a safe space for young women to have the ability to express their voices, be heard and create a discourse around the issues that face them," said Amanda B. Markiewicz, primary prevention educator with the Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, who worked with Turnbull on the Day of the Girl contest.

The ezine has released a sampling of its content through social media. Its Facebook page is topped by a call for donations to Girl Up, an organization that helps girls in Liberia get a good education. The Tumblr page features a link to an article about Ada Lovelace, widely regarded as the first computer programmer. On the Assorted Internet page, Turnbull and other MissHeard contributors have posted articles on topics such as cyberbullying and the benefits of women's colleges, as well as a girls' advice feature called MissIn Control.

The blog also contains a submissions page that calls for art and articles of any length, and in categories that include women in the world, around the globe, health, relationships, beauty, school and education, as well as book, movie, product and music reviews. Turnbull currently is putting the finishing touches on advertising and subscription pages for the publication.

"I tell all the women and girls who express an interest in submitting," says Turnbull, "if it matters to you, then it matters."

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