International Women's Day — a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women — is today. The day is also a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This has never been more evident than in the era of #MeToo and Time's Up.
As the world pauses to recognize existing female leaders, we'd like to recognize the organizations that create great female leaders by working with girls during the most crucial years of their lives. As a social impact company, we are lucky to have the honor of working with some of these nonprofits regularly.
Black Girls CODE: By reaching out to the African-American community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages.
Built By Girls: At a moment in time where everyone is talking about girls in STEM, Built By Girls recognizes that code is just the beginning. There are countless opportunities for a career powered by technology. The organization visits tech companies, prepares girls for internships, and connects them with advisors to help them get ahead of the game. https://www.builtbygirls.com/
Girl Scouts: Girl Scouts unleashes the Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader in every girl. The Girl Scout Leadership development program is based on time-tested methods that helps girls take the lead — in their own lives and in the world. http://www.girlscouts.org
Girls, Inc.: Girls Inc., focuses on the development of the whole girl, teaching girls to value themselves, take risks, and discover strengths. The combination of mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. https://girlsinc.org
Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 3rd through 5th grade program is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, make new friends, build confidence, and celebrate all that makes her unique. The program for middle school girls, creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections, and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. https://www.girlsontherun.org
Girls Who Code: Girls Who Code was founded to close the gender gap in technology. The organization offers after school clubs for girls in 6th through 12th grade as well as summer courses. These learning opportunities deepen girls' computer science skills as well as their confidence. Additionally, the organization creates a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models who can help students and alumni succeed. https://girlswhocode.com/
MuslimGirl: MuslimGirl.net is dedicated to normalizing the word “Muslim” for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. MuslimGirl.net was launched by a high school girl who was fed up with the misconceptions surrounding Islam. http://muslimgirl.com
Step Up: Step Up propels girls living or going to school in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become college-bound and career-focused. Girls work with each other and their mentors to plan for life after high school. Nearly all (98%) of Step Up seniors graduated high school in 2016 and were accepted into college! https://www.suwn.org
WriteGirl: WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that spotlights the power of a girl and her pen. Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly creative writing workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot topics for great writing in all genres from professional female writers. http://www.writegirl.org
Are there other top organizations that empower girls in personal or professional development (or both!) that you'd like to see us include in the future? Let us know in the comments.