March 8 is International Women's Day. Throughout the month of March, a.k.a. Women's History Month, we celebrate the achievements of women that have gone before us. But at Girls With Ideas, we are focused on one thing and one thing only: fostering a future filled with confident, creative girl leaders.
To end 2016, we collected a bunch of stories about girls making a difference in 2016. As a team fighting for gender equity, it can be difficult to feel like progress is being made—but it IS happening! Here are ten of our favorite stories about girls with ideas making world-changing differences in the world.
Every four years we have the opportunity as a country to talk about big issues and make decisions about the leadership of our country. In those conversations, regardless of the side, “think of the children” rhetoric is often invoked, enabling people to justify their beliefs and their choices as being for the benefit of others.
Women's Equality Day is a day to call attention to the continued work toward real equality. Over the course of the last month, we’ve had the pleasure to speak with a lot of women about their experiences navigating the world — as newer professionals trying to find their foothold, mothers trying to raise daughters, and seasoned professionals leading companies. They’ve shared stories that have ranged from outright hostility to unconscious bias, all with similar results: women’s voices being excluded.
Today, I want better for the young girl at my food pantry volunteer event who put down a heavy box of food because her mother said a man should lift it instead. The girl, no older than 10, displayed immediate wound on her face, but before her mother could notice, she had already motioned for me—the nearest man in sight—to pick up the 24-pack of Campbell soup cans.