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.
Girls With Ideas is an organization that exists among the intersection of many different disciplines, the most salient of which are leadership and gender. We believe in the power of education to teach leadership skills, as leaders are developed rather than born. We also believe in the power of girls and women to make significant contributions to our local, national, and global communities through leadership. Many people, however, do not value girls’ leadership, and this disbelief is well documented in many communities. We see this as a problem that needs to be solved.