As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we look to the millions of amazing women who came before us. The women who fought for our right to stand up and speak out on issues that matter to us. The women who inspire and motivate us. It is our responsibility now to continue to uplift and support the women and girls in our communities.
Our word for 2017 at the CGL is THRIVE. Our goal is to build upon the relationships we’ve cultivated over the past five years, relationships that have helped us grow and learn, and to thrive. It is our time to flourish. We are dedicated to providing better programming through partnerships for our girls, with one simple goal: to inspire girls today to lead tomorrow.
As we move forward now amidst this often hostile political climate, we’re ready and capable of providing a strong community for girls and women in this community to thrive. Here’s how we’ll get there:
Give Girls the Opportunity to Develop Leadership Skills
Our programs are designed to empower girls to see their individual leadership potential and to utilize these skills to create a greater impact. It is a core tenet at the CGL that girls can be leaders wherever they are - at home, at school, and in the community. We are committed to providing programming, like our upcoming Girls In Media event, that provides girls the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.
Encourage Confidence in Every Girl
We believe in a world where every girl appreciates her individuality. Encouraging girls to display their unique skills and abilities will build confidence and boost curiosity for new skills. We will continue to share resources with parents and teachers that focus on teaching young women to respect themselves and others.
Help Girls Define Their Personal Values
Through our programming, we strive to instill an appreciation for critical thinking and reflection. When girls take time to define their personal values, they are more likely use what’s most important to them as a positive influence in guiding their decision-making and choices throughout life.
The CGL wants every single girl to be able to move her ideas, people, and beliefs into action. Throughout the year, we will share opportunities for girls to get involved in their community. Encourage girls to take action by attending a protest, volunteering for a nonprofit, or calling your representatives. Knock on doors for your next local election. Get involved in school. Talk to young girls in your life about what it means to be a strong, confident woman. Do some or all of these things - the possibilities are endless.
Today is International Women’s Day, a day devoted to celebrating women and recognizing the efforts of so many who work toward gender equality and inclusiveness. So, celebrate women and girls today, then get out there and advocate for the world you want to see tomorrow. We’re in this together. It’s time for girls to thrive.