Every Girl Tells a Story
A Celebration of Girls speaking their Mind
Published in 2002, this collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA, captured in words and pictures a lasting portrait of eighty-five American girls. After meeting young women from all over the country, Jones was convinced of one thing: even the smartest, most self-assured and charming among us still have questions, fears, and concerns. The compassion, consideration, and charisma that each of these girls employ to face those fears is a clear reminder that the vision, opinions, and innovative ideas of young women are the future.
I could go to any college I want, but if girls in Iran want to go to college, they have to be extremely brilliant. I mean extremely. They have to learn Arabic, Persian, English, and everything you can think of. It just amazes me. I'd like to go back to Iran. And especially I'd like to open a clinic for women and children in Sabzevar. When I went there, I knew that is what I wanted to do. That has always been my dream.
I started tee ball when I was five years old, and I've been playing ever since. Never skipped a season. It teaches me teamwork and how to work with others. And it gives me something to look forward to. I was not good when I started and it just takes a lot of practice. You get better as the years go on. If your hearts in it, you'll keep going.
Right now I'm a Girl Scout at a school in Mississippi where every girl in the school is a Girl Scout too. Think big, be yourself; don't let anybody else tell you anything different. Just be yourself.
Poetry. Oh, man, poetry. It's a way to vent anger; it's a way to express love. When you write poetry you're sending a message out to the everyone. Other people can agree or disagree with you, but it doesn't matter. Poetry helps me get my feelings out. The truth is in the poetry.
If people fight, or if they are sad and take it out on everybody around them, then other people get bitter and the anger spreads around. I think that helping the people around you helps change this. If everyone helps each other instead of hurting, I think it could really make a difference.
My mom and I have had our problems... we've had our fights. But we've gotten over it. And my mom has come to realize that I'm not the perfect little girl that I was, or that my parents pictured I'd be when I was five. I'm my own person, and I'm going my own way.
You don't necessarily have to be all about raising your fist, but as a woman you need to struggle and you will struggle. Saying we've come so far, we've done this, is only relevant if that what you feel within yourself and if you've come far in yourself. If you've really become whole in your womanhood and feeling empowered by the incredibleness of being a woman.
I was told that I was chosen by the spirits to carry the pipe for my people to begin the Sundance. I dance to help me understand everything. I know some of the Lakota language, but not much. So I pray that I learn more Lakota, that I understand it. I want to change the fighting over religion, because it doesn't really matter, just as long as you pray to a god.