Girls today face a variety of challenges and intense pressures that compromise their abilities to perform at the highest levels. These issues affect both their personal lives and their educational achievement negatively, and cause girls to under-perform relative to their potential.

Thirty percent of girls are bullied on school property. Girls as young as five are worried about being overweight. Forty-seven percent of girls want to lose weight because of magazine pictures. Six in ten girls abstain from participating in something they love because of anxiety about looks. Girls are discouraged by peers and teachers from pursing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Girls are three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than boys. Indiana is ranked the seventh WORST state for the physical health and safety of girls. Thirty percent of teen girls who drop out of high school cite pregnancy and parenthood as key reasons they choose to leave school; and two out of three families started by teens are poor.

This doesn’t have to continue. We can change this world for girls.

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If we believe in the power of girls, and invest in them now, girls grow up to be healthy, educated, independent women. They grow up to be women who pursue higher education and self-supporting careers. They are women who create economic opportunities for themselves and others. They invest in their families and strengthen their communities through service to others. They grow up to be women who use their bold voices to advocate for a more equitable world for girls. And they are empowered to change the world for all the women and girls who follow.

This is the largest generation of girls in U.S. history, so we have an opportunity to make the greatest impact. Now is the time to make a change. Investing in Girls Inc. helps empower girls to be confident in their own skin, prepared for their futures, proud of who they are, and ready to take their place in the world. Your gift pays it forward for generations of girls in our greater Indianapolis community and beyond.