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.”
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