The Land of Oz: Why is “Girl Talk: Overcoming Obstacles to Empower Women” Important?

Nicole Hall is the prevention coordinator for PRIDE of Tuscaloosa. Hall enjoys spending time with her husband, Jordan, and their dog, Ferris. Nicole Hall is the prevention coordinator for PRIDE of Tuscaloosa. Hall enjoys spending time with her husband, Jordan, and their dog, Ferris. Nicole Hall

There are literally hundreds of events in our community during the month of April. But you may want to give special consideration to this one …

“Girl Talk: Overcoming Obstacles to Empower Women,” hosted by PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, will be held on April 26 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. This all-female event focuses on discussing taboo topics in an open, accepting environment. 

Topics of discussion will include substance abuse prevention and treatment, social media management, sex crimes, OB/GYN education, bullying, suicide, and how to create a healthy relationship. After the topics have been discussed, a panel of speakers will answer questions from the audience. Due to the nature of some of the topics, PRIDE recommends this event for ages 12 and up. 

Parents: this is a great time to ask those questions you are tired of googling, or too afraid to ask other parents. Students: this is a moment to find out what really affects you – and how even a social media post can mean more than you think. Community members: this is an occasion to learn how youth are being affected in Tuscaloosa, and to give you the tools to empower the women around you. 

As women, we have huge duties to fulfill. From school education, to work, to household chores, to the joys of motherhood, women are so important to our society. While there is no explanation for why women are at a higher likelihood to misuse medications than men, I have always wondered if it is due to us wanting to be perfect instead of perfectly imperfect? It could also be that women are likely to obtain higher doses of pain medication, be over-prescribed medications, have chronic pain, and an easy access point. 

Prescription pain medications are one of the most widely abused drugs for female adolescence. Did you know that 1 in 4 prescriptions are being abused by teens, or that 1 in 5 college students report misusing a medication? Did you know that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, have increased by 15-20 percent? And that is just what I could fit in my word count. 

If you are a woman, this should interest you. So, go register. Registration is available on Again, “Girl Talk” is April 26 at the Tuscaloosa River Market from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free, and dinner will be served. 

Remember, we are all guilty of the “it won't happen to me” or “not my child.” But the truth is, addiction does not discriminate. It can be found on both sides of the river, in poor and wealthy communities, in all ethnicities, and in all genders. But that doesn’t mean that women from all walks of life can’t come together to empower each other. And we are worth it.  

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