What if all girls were told they were “strong, smart, and bold”? And what if they really believed it? Maybe a lot more women would move into top spots in business, health, government, politics, and science. Maybe girls who don’t see how beautiful and resilient they are would become adults who ensure children grow up to be solutionaries. Maybe social justice would become every child’s birthright.
It’s a big dream, but Girls Incorporated began dropping that pebble in the pond in 1864. Since then the ripples have spread to communities around the U.S. and Canada.
Ximena Ramirez wrote about the New York chapter’s annual college shower that honours graduating seniors for care2, one of my favorite sites. After watching some of the girls talk about how strong and supported they felt (video below), I wanted to stand up and cheer.
Every girl receives a basket of things like sheets, towels, and USB drives. Those small items add up to major chunk of change for girls who don’t come from families with deep pockets. The gifts are important, but the impact is deeper. Jennifer Weidenbaum, Associate Executive Director of Girls Inc. of New York says, “The shower is about more than gift baskets. The shower is about showing girls that there is a community behind them.”
We all need to feel we matter to our families, our friends, and our communities. Girls Inc. is working to make sure girls’ voices are heard, their contributions valued.
Girls Inc., changing the world, one girl at a time.
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