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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold


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Donna Rises Above Gender Stereotypes

Donna grew up in a family where girls were not as valued and celebrated as boys. As a child, she struggled with insecurity and feelings of insignificance, believing her future was limited because of her gender. She felt she had no choice but to follow in the footsteps of other women in her family, rather than discovering her own individuality.

At Girls Inc., Donna was inspired and empowered to discover her true self, her unique strengths and interests. She always thought she hated math because her friends disliked it. But being free and encouraged to pursue STEM she discovered her love of math and science. Her confidence begin to build more and more. “I evolved from being the quiet, nice girl to the interactive, excited girl.” 

Through participation in sports, Donna discovered her affinity for golf and her eagerness to try new things. She credits Girls Inc. for providing the safe, fun and supportive environment she needed to step out of her comfort zone to find her own voice. “Girls Inc. helped me discover who I am. I am the pinnacle of the Girls Inc. model: strong, smart, and bold.” 

Girls Inc. helped Donna discover she could rise beyond gender stereotypes. She continues to utilize the skills she’s developed at Girls Inc. to help her to prepare for her future. After graduating this fall, Donna plans to study medicine, eventually pursuing a career as a pediatrician. Having seen young family members deal with health challenges, she is inspired to make a difference for others.

“Girls Inc. taught me that I was meant to be more than a housewife and provided me with a multitude of opportunities to break through the glass ceiling.” 

Read more about how Girls Inc. is making a difference in the lives of girls.

Girls Inc. Alumnae Network

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News

10 Power Players Blazing New Trails Beyond the Boardroom

Good Housekeeping profiled 10 women who prove it is never too late to be a leader. Our President & CEO Judy Vredenburgh is featured as "The Girls' Champion"

Read more about our President & CEO Judy Vredenburgh

United Against Bullying and Harassment

You’ve seen the headlines, heard stories from young people in your life, and perhaps still remember your own experiences growing up. Or maybe you watched or read about 13 Reasons Why, the extraordinarily popular Netflix series that depicts pervasive bullying and rape culture in an American high school. In schools, on the streets, in relationships, and online, youth – mostly girls – are experiencing bullying, harassment, violence and discrimination at alarming rates.

Bullying and harassment presents a potentially serious threat to the health and development of our young people. Children and teens who are bullied or harassed are more likely to have decreased academic achievement—lower GPA and standardized test scores – and they are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school. They are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and even contemplate or commit suicide.

Read more from our President & CEO Judy Vredenburgh in HuffPost.

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Girls Inc. Receives 4-Star Rating Once Again

Girls Inc. has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

Hillary Clinton at the 2017 Girls Inc. New York Luncheon

Featured in Vogue, four lessons came to light from Secretary Clinton's speech at the 2017 Girls Inc. New York Luncheon. Read more and watch videos from the event.

Girls Inc. is Enamored with Chuao Chocolatier

With a shared commitment to empowering girls and women, Girls Inc. is excited to announce our new partner Chuao Chocolatier. $1 for every seven Enamored Collection bars sold will benefit Girls Inc. Available now online and in select stores.