Yiassou! I am Irene Archos, the founder of this site. I have been a writer, editor and educator for over two decades. The impetus for the site was spawned by the need for a targeted media outlet who took the needs, issues and accomplishments of women of the Hellenic diaspora seriously. While Greek Americans and other Diaspora groups have been in the country for centuries, there is as of yet no magazine or other media product that broadcasts the female voice. I could not find real articles that addressed the issues I was dealing with–issues such as the bicultural conflict, assimilation vs. bilingualism, work life-family balance. (Ax! Panagia, I might be a taboo–a feminist). The older, more traditional media outlets catered to the older generation (you know, yiayia and pappou who still read print newspapers and blast Antenna TV for the news). The only articles online from other Greek culture sites amounted to nothing more than brag fests about how great it is to be Greek, what the latest function the local Greek association was hosting, and lots and lots of stock photos about the Greek islands and souvlaki. PLEASE, se parakalo–being Greek is so much more than these things. So, I sought out to create the Greek American version of Latina (at some point, I want to re-baptize the site as Hellinida).
It is time a community site existed that brought together the voices of diverse women of the Hellenic Diaspora. Because as you know, Diaspora Hellenes are different. We need the perspective of the newer generation, a more diverse one, that looks at the serious issues that plague our cultural group. Especially from a woman’s perspective. Additionally, because Greek women are so underplayed in their patriarchal societies, a site which featured their accomplishments and gave them the credit they deserved was crucial.
(Hmm, hmm, from this point on the “Official Blurb” begins) . Greekamericangirl.com is the only online publication of its kind that caters to the concerns, interests, and issues of a unique cultural group–the Greek American woman and the Hellenic Diaspora. As such, it forges the forum whereby Greek-American women and others of the Diaspora can express their voice, rekindle and cement cultural bonds, and build a powerful community together. Geared for young women (aged 17-50), the site provides the expected departments in a woman’s monthly on-line journal (features, fashion and beauty, relationships, reviews, events calendar, etc.), but with a Greek slant. It also allows for reader contribution and self-expression with an upcoming “Greek American Girl Stories” column, a “Reader/Member Profile” page, and an “Announcements” page to publicize important social and professional events. To accomplish its cultural community-building function, it showcases a “Culture Corner” and a “Today’s Your Saint’s Day” page to educate and reintroduce this audience to its heritage and promote the unique contributions Hellas has made in the arts, history, language, and ideas, especially by women. GreekAmericanGirl.com strives to strike the right balance between “fun and fluff,” “the straight-up and serious,” just the right mix of entertainment and thought-provoking . Finally, as the only virtual presence for Hellenic women on the Web, it is the first and fastest portal for disseminating news, spearheading change, providing advocacy and public awareness of Hellenic women’s issues and causes.
www.greekamericangirl.com has been around for close to 15 years now. We need more reader contribution and involvement to take it into the next decade. So what are you waiting for? Get involved:
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