As part of Love Your Body Week at Saint Mary’s, Emily Raleigh, founder of the online magazine “Smart Girls Group,” shared how the magazine began and why it is important for all girls to be smart girls. Raleigh, a freshman at Fordham University, brainstormed “Smart Girls Group” one year ago when she wrote her younger sister a guide to getting through high school. The guide discussed fashion, peer pressure, classes and social life. “When I was younger, I used to dress up and say, ‘Mommy, do I look like a smart girl?’” Raleigh said. “So, when I was thinking of my sister’s Christmas present my senior year of high school, I really wanted to give her something meaningful and I decided to pull from this idea of being a smart girl. My family then really pushed me to get it published and pursue it.” After Raleigh decided to develop the concept as a magazine, she contacted girls from her community and elsewhere, she said. The group expanded from there. Today, “Smart Girls Group” is published once a month. The organization started college chapters, runs daily blogs and now has more than 150 contributors from 10 countries. “‘Smart Girls Group’ is all about connecting and inspiring girls from all over to be smart girls,” Raleigh said. “We offer a supporting environment that cultivates empowerment within girls.” She said the magazine and overall organization use blogs, articles and personal stories of high school and college women to provide girls with a healthy support network. “What is unique about our group is that all the girls who are writing or contributing to the group are high school- or college-aged,” Raleigh said. “You will not find anyone our moms’ age writing for the magazine and I think that is very important. When girls go on our website and read our magazine, they are hearing from girls going through many of the same experiences as they are.” The magazine covers an array of topics from politics to fashion to relationships, Raleigh said. It also offers advice on how to be a smart girl. She said being a smart girl starts with finding your “I am’s” and using positive language as an essential tool for breaking down barriers. “I think that being a leader and being a smart girl starts with how we speak,” Raleigh said. “When we say things like ‘I can’t,’ we are unconsciously putting up barriers for ourselves. Saying ‘I am’ and using positive language is the first step in being a smart girl.” The next step is finding your smarts, Raleigh said. “‘The Smart Girls Group’ helps you grab your passions,” Raleigh said. “We help you find things that interest you. I always had an interest in girl power and technology, and founding this group has allowed me to bridge those two passions. That is what we would like to do for our smart girls.” Raleigh said once a girl finds her passion, she should determine her goals and make plans. “Ask yourself what can I start doing today? Make sure these goals are something you can control,” Raleigh said. “You do not want to leave your destiny up to somebody else.” Raleigh stressed the importance of independent leadership and surrounding yourself with positive people. “You want to surround yourself by people that lift you up higher,” she said. “This means your friends, boyfriends, whatever. Find people that lift you up.” Raleigh encouraged those in the audience to find their own inner smart girls and set the world on fire. “Take your smarts and your passions to help change a part of the world,” she said. “There are so many ways we can all impact others’ lives in some way. Find your smart girl and set the world on fire.”
David Moyes says he is ready to revive his managerial career after his ill-fated tenure at Manchester United.In his first broadcast interview since losing his job at Old Trafford in April, the former Everton boss, 51, told the BBC: “I am ready to return.”I have enjoyed the time off but I have got to wait on the right job and make sure it’s one that I want.”Moyes was sacked after less than 10 months in charge of United, following 11 successful years at Goodison Park.The Scot believes he can repair his reputation and prove his critics wrong.”I’m really ambitious,” he said. “I would never have left Everton for anybody but an ambitious football club. And I thought Manchester United would have given me that opportunity. “It didn’t materialise that way, so I am hoping that the next club I join gives me the chance to build a team, because I think that is what I am good at.A spectator dressed as the Grim Reaper taunted Moyes in his last game in charge of Manchester United”I also think that I am good at spotting and identifying young players, not only young players, but players. “Over the years, we have brought in a lot of players at Everton and I think that they worked well. So if the opportunity came, then hopefully I will be able to make it work.”Moyes won widespread acclaim for consistently guiding Everton into the upper reaches of the Premier League on a limited budget, and led them to the qualifying stages of the Champions League in 2005.But he presided over United’s worst Premier League season having been chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him after a trophy-laden reign.He says he would prefer to return to English football but is open to working abroad.”I’ve had several people contact me about jobs,” he added. “None of them have turned round and said ‘here is a job it’s yours’. “But people have asked me if I have had any interest in jobs. The clubs that have come calling, I just felt that they weren’t right.”Man Utd under MoyesDefeated in Champions League quarter-final by Bayern MunichBeaten in League Cup semi-final by SunderlandLost at home to Swansea in the third round of the FA CupFive points from a possible 24 against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal Defeat against Everton confirmed club would miss out on Champions League for first time since 1995-96Moyes said he will “know when the right club comes along”.He added: “I needed a little bit of time just to make sure that I am ready, and I am feeling good to go back.”Moyes denied he would only entertain offers from clubs involved in European competition.But he said he had enjoyed his Champions League experience with United, who reached the last eight under him before exiting to Bayern Munich. “Getting to the quarter-final in the Champions League wasn’t a bad feat,” he said.”I really enjoyed it – embraced it, actually loved the Champions League nights, and we did well.Play media Moyes – from ‘Chosen One’ to sacked”We came up against Bayern Munich and we were a little bit unfortunate not to get ourselves through.” Moyes has spent the summer relaxing, attending coaching conferences, and travelling, and says he has now recovered from the bruising experience he endured at Old Trafford.”It’s the first time I’ve had off in about 30 years,” said Moyes.”I’ve been involved in football since I was a young boy. I’ve enjoyed doing things you don’t get the opportunity to do when you’re in the job.”When you’re in the job, you’re full on all the time. I’ve played some great golf courses, enjoyed a bit of horse racing, spent a bit of time with the family so it’s been good.”Moyes found out about his dismissal by United from the media after a series of poor results.He remains bound by a confidentiality agreement in his severance deal, but the manner of his departure still hurts.Moyes (right) was sacked after a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward”I got the job and I expected it to be a six-year plan,” he said. “I signed a six-year contract… disappointed it didn’t go to plan. I expected to be given an opportunity to fulfil that and it wasn’t what was expected.”It was really difficult when I lost the job initially because I didn’t really see it coming, even though I had been losing games.”I knew that it could be difficult but I joined a club that I felt stood behind their managers, made sure they supported them in difficult times. And, you know, Sir Alex had difficult times when he first took over.”And I do understand that the landscape has changed a little bit in football, but I think that United always stood for the right things and I expected them to do what was right with me.”United replaced Moyes with Louis van Gaal, who has won titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and coached Netherlands at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.