In Solidarity We Rise

by Andrea Zamora, Member of Alliance for Girls' Young Women's Leadership Board & Student.

Through my involvement with Alliance for Girls and being part of the Girls Leadership Team, I was invited to attend a conference for three days in Washington D.C. The conference called “In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls,” was the first conference that I ever attended. It was also my first time ever being in an airplane. It was definitely a new experience and I didn’t know what to expect. I also wasn’t too sure how a conference was set up or what we were suppose to do. Throughout the whole time, I was excited about attending my first conference but I was scared of my workshop and having to present in front of others. I tend to get really nervous about saying something wrong and messing up in front of an audience. During the conference, we were able to present our work on revamping Oakland Unified School District’s sexual harassment policy and the process that it all came about from conducting research to the Girls Leadership Team to working together and transforming the policy. I felt relieved when we were done presenting and got good feedback. Along with my workshop, were other organization presenting and teaching others about their work and things they can implement if they wanted to do something alike. 

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The Red Web Foundation Visits the UN 

by Helynna Brooke, President of The Red Web Foundation

As a member of the Red Web Foundation, I attended the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) Forum in New York City March 12th to March 24th . The focus this year was "Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work." Nearly 6,000 women and a few men from around the world participated in UN activities, workshops, and panel presentations with the goal of learning and sharing strategies for achieving equality by 2030. 

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Front & Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM

by Kathleen Thurmond of Kathleen Thurmond LLC

On January 15th, I had the pleasure of representing Alliance for Girls at the White House conference, “Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE).” The White House Domestic Policy Council, Council on Women and Girls, The Department of Education and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality convened to discuss challenges and possible solutions to increasing the number of girls both entering STEM (science, technology, education, and math) curriculum and remaining in the field.

The conference kicked off by presenting the current realities that many of us know all too well: girls are struggling to get into and stay in STEM curriculum while girls of color are faced with even greater challenges. Sixty percent of young women who enter STEM curriculum leave before graduation to enter alternative fields, and those who stay only last an average of three years before getting out. When young women enter the tech world, they are often discouraged by the unwelcome culture dominated by white males and the lack of female role models and mentors. As a result, young women exit technology-related jobs and the tech sector loses the positive impact these young women would have lent.

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