Every day, our collective actions and individual choices help shape the world in which girls live. Girls Inc. of Alameda County has inspired girls for decades. Right now, our girls are navigating a world that questions their potential, their value, and their rights.
We are here to say that those rights are not up for grabs. We are here to affirm that we will always stand by and for girls.
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Pledge to be a champion for girls. Tell us why you believe in advancing girls’ rights and how you are taking action. Your ideas and your voice are critical to our shared success.
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Why This Work is Urgent
Girls have the right to live in an inclusive society rooted in respect for all… but right now, many girls experience discrimination and feel excluded due to their gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race or immigrant status.
Girls have the right to safety and security… but right now, more than 8 in 10 girls experience sexual harassment in school, and many others face housing instability, food insecurity, or the risk of deportation of a family member.
Girls have a right to accurate information about their bodies and access to healthcare… but right now, many girls still lack access to comprehensive reproductive health education, and low-income women of color are disproportionately at risk for being uninsured.
Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes… but right now, studies show girls start feeling less ‘smart’ than boys at age 6, and men outnumber women in nearly every science and engineering field.
Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence… but right now, 1 in 3 girls in Oakland will not graduate from high school.
“I used to be timid. I went about life, observing my surroundings passively; but I couldn’t get away with staying silent at Girls Inc. What I really needed was an audience to care about what I had to say. Now, I am the one educating other girls to break out of their shells and stand up for their beliefs in their communities.”Girls Inc. Alumna
“I felt worthless. Like the whole world was just pointing and laughing at me. I just needed someone to embrace the real me. To help me see that I am intelligent, creative, even funny. Girls Inc. has given me the self-acceptance that so many others tried to steal away.”Girls Inc. Alumna
“As a Muslim, I woke up every morning knowing that people judged me, feared me, and despised me because of my religion. I wanted so badly to just fit in. To not feel like such an outsider. Girls Inc. of Alameda County became my safe haven, providing educational support and opportunities, trustworthy shoulders to lean on, and new friends who would later become my sisters.”Girls Inc. Alumna
“Growing up undocumented, I felt that many of the opportunities and rights my peers took for granted were out of my reach. I wanted to study engineering since I was in the eighth grade, but because of my immigration status, I felt hopeless. Girls Inc. of Alameda County has inspired me to pursue this dream and defy the limits society places on me as a young Latina from Oakland.”Girls Inc. Alumna
Every day in your community, there is an opportunity for you to make a difference for girls.
Get involved with Girls Inc. of Alameda County. Volunteer with girls in your community.
Get in touch with elected leaders and advocate for policies that increase opportunities for girls—particularly for those from under-resourced communities—to succeed.
Together, let’s commit to a world where all girls feel safe, valued, and prepared to pursue their dreams.