United State of Girls Summit on May 14, 2016
Inspired by the United State of Women Summit taking place at the White House in May, Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service (GGLS), a before-school class at Julia Morgan School for Girls (JMSG), is hosting a United State of Girls Rally & Summit on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We hope to have 100 middle and high school girls from public and private schools attend this special event. Our goal is to mobilize a national movement of teens 18 years and younger to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment and the girls attending will be those girls who are willing to take on a leadership position in getting the ERA passed.
We plan to create a short video by the end of the event that we can send to the White House!
Remarkably, Gail Sheehy, feminist, best-selling author, and journalist will be giving the Keynote that morning. One of Ms. Sheehy’s books, Passages, was named by the Library of Congress as one of the 100 most influential books of the 20th century.
Also speaking will be Cynthia Foster from Equal Rights Advocates as well as Girl Leaders and Changemakers.
We will be live streaming the morning and have already received some interest from schools in Washington state and Alabama who would like to watch. The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools will also be publicizing the event for us.
This semester GGLS has been focusing on the cultural and historical context of how women have been viewed in the U.S. from the 1600’s to the present. We hope to understand why the U.S. is one of the approximately 30 countries in the world out of 195 yet to have a clause in their constitution stating the principle that women and men are equal.
As Justice Ginsburg has said, the ERA is an important statement for all in our country to see the acknowledgment of a basic principle of gender equality in our country’s foundational document.
GGLS’ Change.org petition to pass the ERA was among the 20 petitions (out of 200,000!) highlighted in the Change.org 2015 End-of-Year video and GGLS was chosen as 1 of the 10 celebrated Courageous Women on International Women’s Day by Change.org! http://blog.change.org/feed/celebrating-courageous-women-on-international-womens-day