The True Shield: Verbal Self-Defense For Girls Manifesto
If I ran the world …
High school would feel like a sanctuary, not a warzone.
The Internet would be full of good news, not gossip.
Bullies would realize that making somebody else feel weak doesn’t make you strong.
Victims would recognize that nobody can steal your power, unless you play along.
Girls would look in the mirror and say, “I like how I look and who I am, today.”
Boys would cry in public and it would be totally okay.
Respecting your elders would be cool, not lame.
Respecting yourself would be the coolest of all.
Nobody would lie, hide or stay silent.
People would say what they need to say.
Love really would save the day.
“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.” — Morihei Ueshiba
Susan Harrow has created a program called, True Shield: Verbal Self-Defense For Girls that teaches young women 14-24 how to protect themselves in 10 of life’s most difficult and dangerous situations that they’ll likely encounter — and stay safe.
She’s CEO of Harrow Communications, Inc., a media consultancy, and for the past 27 years has trained thousands of people in verbal and non-verbal communication. She’s the author of the bestseller, Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul (HarperCollins) a marketing book for women, is a former teaching tennis pro, and has a black belt in Aikido.
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