Contributed by: Caroline Crawford, Chief Program Officer
The number of women in Congress is at a record high: 112 women. One hundred twelve. Let that sink in.
The women getting elected, not only at a national level, but at the state and local levels, are challenging the status quo. In Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book Lean In, Sandberg revealed that while girls generally outperform their male peers in academic settings, they grow up to hold only 14% of the nation’s leadership positions. In 2019, we see that this is changing. But why is it changing? How is it happening?
Women who fearlessly take on the challenges of this world start with a foundation of self-efficacy, or a belief in their own power. We help build self-efficacy in 3rd-12th grade girls, so that from a young age girls see themselves as leaders. Priyanka, a Pathfinder Program participant I’ve had the joy of working with since 2017, told me:
GEN showed me the value of bravery. I have the mental and physical tools to seize any opportunity I want. I’ve learned that I’m fierce. GEN didn’t give me courage; it revealed the courage I didn’t know I had. I think every girl should have that opportunity. Don’t you?
Ignite the power in a girl today. It only takes $25 to give a girl one session of Girl Connect, our weekly, school-based program reaching about 1,700 girls per year.
Amplify her voice for Amplify Austin. Here’s how.
Amplify Austin, our area’s Day of Giving, is Thursday, February 28th at 6pm through Friday, March 1st at 6pm. Join us in celebrating how women’s voices have been amplified and amplify the next generation of women leaders. You can schedule your Amplify Austin donation online at any time at bit.ly/amplifygirls
Thanks for helping us create change.