What’s perplexing and upsetting for parents is that the name-calling, teasing and social exclusion is happening to their daughters in early elementary school, kindergarten or even preschool.
This is powerful stuff. What better gift could we give our daughters than to help them be confident, authentic girls now and strong women leaders in the future?
Girls Leadership teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world. We work with girls, parents and caregivers, and educators to ensure lasting impact.
A society where girls and women engage authentically and assertively at every level of decision making in all areas of their lives.
We structure our work around five central values: Inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, quality, and fun!
What Makes Us Unique?
1) Girls Leadership works not only with girls, but also with their primary influencers – parents, teachers, and caregivers – to create sustainable impact. Studies show parents and teachers to be the most powerful teachers for girls all the way through high school.
2) We put social and emotional learning (SEL) at the foundation of all our leadership development.
3) We see girls’ real-life, every-day relationships with friends and family as the primary opportunity we have to teach girls the leadership skills that will serve them over a life-time: self-advocacy, negotiation, compromise, personal responsibility and conflict as an opportunity for change.
There are 25 million K-12th grade girls in the United States. If you combine the efforts of all national girl-serving organizations, we are only reaching about three million, or about 12% of girls. That means 22 million girls in the US aren’t being reached. Girls Leadership’s bold goal is to close that gap. Girls Leadership is collaborating with other organizations to elevate the girl-serving field, deepen our knowledge, and broaden our reach so that every single one of those 25 million girls has the awareness, skills and confidence to live as everyday leaders.
Our headquarters office is located in Oakland, California and we run in-person programs across the country. Our renowned residential summer program is held at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and our workshops and parent education talks take place across California, Colorado, New Jersey and New York. With our growing library of online resources, we hope to expand our work across geographic, class, and racial boundaries to impact as many girls as possible.
“After the presentation and the question and answer session that followed, it was clear that parents would be leaving with language to use at home to resolve conflicts effectively,”
Ronnie and Simone talked about the pressures on middle school girls, what’s available for boys’ social emotional learning, and our goals to reach 25 million girls.
Simone Marean and her award-winning presentation “Raising Resilient Girls” was featured in Parents Magazine.
When the inevitable “fight” occurs between your daughter and another girl, I’m reminded every day how little I understand girls.
Read about Girls Leadership expanding into New Jersey and our first event with host study partner, the Livingston Board of Education.
Read an article in the Maplewood Patch about Rachel Simmons’ talk in Maplewood, NJ.
Heidi L of the feminist blog the FBomb recounts attending the Summer Program. She found her way to amazing, interesting, inspiring, fierce, fabulous females, and the adventures and spirit lives on.
Hear Co-Founder and Executive Director Simone Marean talk about girls and the ambition gap, with best-selling author Peggy Orenstien and About Face’s Jennifer Berger.
Watch Co-Founder Rachel Simmons give a Tedx Talk about girls leadership.
Read an article in (French) Libération about GL’s Real Parents, Real Daughters workshop in New York.
Read an article in the El Cerrito Patch about Simone Marean’s talk in the Bay Area.
Read an article in the Boulder Daily Camera about GLI’s programs in Colorado.
Read an article in the San Jose Mercury News about GLI’s Real Parents, Real Daughters workshops
Watch Meredith interview Rachel Simmons and talk all about GL on the Today Show.
Read the New York Times article.