Girl Empowerment Movement Inspiring Success
Women Inspiring Girls
At the beginning of the 20th century, brave suffragettes fought for and won the right to vote in the United States. 100 years later women run school districts, own small businesses, manage large corporations and hold elected offices. Many women are urgent to share the secrets of their success. By spearheading an informal yet growing “girl empowerment movement”, they are investing in the current generation of girls, encouraging them to pursue their ambitions. One measure of girls taking action: since 1970 the percentage of female college students has risen from 43% to 56%.
Here are two examples of how women are empowering girls.
Girl Up, The Secrets to an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Ferrell
As a creativity consultant and international speaker, Courtney Ferrell can be found standing at the busy intersection of ideas, energy, and people. Her latest contribution to the girl empowerment movement, Girl Up, encourages young women to take full advantage of their gifts, their independence, and their possibilities in order to create an extraordinary life for themselves. In the past decade, she has worked intimately with thousands of young girls as a speaker, teacher, coach, dorm mother, and mentor. Her mission is to grow the girl empowerment movement by providing girls with actions and language that will help them put common (and uncommon) sense into practice and to become a sought-after person without compromising who they are.
For the past 15 years Courtney and her teammates have worked hard to inspire corporations and the people who run them to embrace change and fuel passion to generate new ideas. Courtney designs and leads high-energy, interactive, story based programs that push participants to discover what’s new. She’s been a visiting professor of Innovation in Business at the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and The Kaos Pilots University in Aarhus, Denmark. Courtney has been the thinking partner of such clients as NBC Universal, Capital One, General Mills, JP Morgan Chase, Hanes Brands Inc., GE, Mattel, Nike, United Health Group, Discovery and American Airlines.
Young Women Empowered provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teenage girls in the greater Seattle area. Their female mentors serve a diverse group of teenage girls and young adults. The organization is open to girls from all walks of life. Currently, over 70% of the youth are immigrants. Both youth and mentors represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. The programs are free of charge. Families are invited to contribute as they are able. Each year, Young Women Empowered directly serves over 500 girls and women; impacting over 1500 community members.