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Girls with Grit Get Resilient

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, March 14, 2016
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Self-esteem and resilience grow with literacy and consistent mentoring. That’s the finding of Santa Ana, California based Global Girls Leading Our World, a non-profit started in 2011 to help girls in low income, and vulnerable communities gain skills and confidence.

From its worldwide headquarters in downtown Santa Ana, girls in grades 5-12 are mentored by volunteers from local universities. They meet together to engage in writing, music, photography and art.They find their voices, hidden talents and strengths. With that confidence, they are more likely to stay in school and succeed.Research shows that girls who complete primary and secondary education are likely to earn income, have fewer unwanted pregnancies and break the cycle of poverty.

Education is key. In 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davis, leaders (mostly male) from public and private sectors concluded that the education of women is essential for a nations security. However, extensive data points to women as critical for inclusive growth, yet barriers linked to gender persist in both the public and private sectors.

Global G.L.O.W., in partnership with LitWorld, is making an effort to start at the grassroots level. Building confidence and personal grit is foundational to creating educational and work-related resolve.

But much remains to be done to counter gender-based income disparity.Women also need to be brought up further into the ranks. The New York Times in mid-February of this year reported on a massive study of nearly 22,000 public companies in 91 countries. An increase in the share of female managers from zero to 30 percent was associated with a 15% increase in profitability.

So if it makes financial sense, stability sense, national security sense, why are we so slow to get it? I’d like to know not only your thoughts but also some potential, real solutions.


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