We are so proud to introduce to you our new logo and new website for the Girls Coalition! We aim to help all girl-serving organizations, especially in Southwestern PA, do a better job of serving girls. So sign up and keep in touch so we can share with you all we have planned this year. Today is just our first step. So please sign up! We’ll be in touch soon!
The Girls Coalition aims to share information, programs, research, training and events with likeminded girl-serving organizations. By connecting these powerful and creative programs to each other, the Girls Coalition makes it easier for girls and families to identify and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that exist in the region. We aspire to help youth serving agencies serve girls better. You can join us in this good work, too! We’d love to have you!
Why do we need the Girls Coalition? What does local and national data tells us about the status of girls?
Economically, women earn 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes for the same work performed in the United States. In Pittsburgh, alone, the gap is even greater with 70 cents for every dollar that a man earned. Today, one in ten American families live in poverty and the majority of single headed households are held by women.
In Pennsylvania, 64.7 percent of all abused children in 2006 were girls which are the highest percentage among the 51 states in the United States. As adolescents they suffer more from stress and anxiety when compared to their male peers. With that said, our girls are more prone to depression, eating disorders, and attempt suicide more frequently.
As a coalition, we hope to get a better understanding of the diverse and complicated issues faced by our girl through our providers. We hope to highlight the accomplishments of girls overcoming these obstacles in their young lives and the support the providers that work towards making this happen.