Cultural Capital: Girlhood Interrupted

Explore how art and storytelling can highlight social change.

In 2017, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality released a groundbreaking study, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, which revealed that adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers. Now, follow-up research centers the voices of black women and girls, who confirmed in focus groups that they commonly experience this bias and believe it is linked to harsher treatment in schools and other public systems.

Join us to learn about the unique ways the initiative is using art and storytelling to highlight the experience of young black girls.


  • Naomi Wadler, 12-year-old youth adviser to the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Rebecca Epstein, executive director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Ashley Joi, artist commissioned to respond
  • Sancha McBurnie, photographer commissioned to respond


SOLD OUT. Very limited number of standby seats may be available on the day of the program, no guaranteed entry.

This Cultural Capital program partnership is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative in collaboration with the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity. Georgetown Law is a part of Georgetown University, which is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization.  All proceeds from this event will go to support the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality.

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