For over 100 years Girls, Inc. has been helping young women in economically challenged areas. They organize programs that focus on three key qualities: Strong-physical, nutritional, intellectual and emotional strength; Smart focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and education that includes pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media and economic literacy, violence prevention and sports; Bold – how to stand up for themselves at school, with peers and at home. There are over 138,000 girls ages 5 to 17 enrolled in their program.
Programs like Girls, Inc. help girls in low economic areas thrive. Giving girls the opportunity to have access to information about what they can do empowers them to believe in themselves. They have created a bill of rights to help girls navigate the challenges they face in their daily lives.
Girls Bill of Rights
- Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
- Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
- Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
- Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
- Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
- Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence
Five things you can do to help support the Girls Inc. Bill of Rights:
- Introduce girls to career options at your organization or company.
- Introduce girls to financial concepts (stocks, accounting, equity).
- Introduce girls to top women leaders in your community.
- Advocate for equitable opportunities for girls and sports in your school systems and in city-sponsored programs.
- Advocate for gender-awareness training for teachers so that girls have the same access as boys to STEM classes.
Here is what girls in the program had to say:
“It’s good to be a girl in this world today. I like being a girl because I can speak for myself. I can stand up for myself. Being a girl makes me strong.” – Mytha, 6
“When I wake up I see someone who is willing to do anything to achieve my dream.” – Danielle, 12
Start a conversation with your daughter about the Girls Inc. bill of rights. Does she feel like this would be helpful to enact in her school? Perhaps the student council would like to incorporate some of the ideas and create awareness. Finding ways to share these ideas with others will spread the word and help girls feel good and believe in themselves.
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