Girls Inc. girls are more likely than their peers nationally to appreciate their bodies, and are avoiding risky behaviors-- keeping them on track to achieve positive life outcomes.
• While only 48% of girls in the United States ages 10-17 have high body esteem, a majority of Girls Inc. girls say they are confident with their bodies. In fact, 77% said that they are happy with how their bodies look.
Girls Inc. girls are defying national trends by setting high academic achievement goals and demonstrating interest in fields where women are traditionally underrepresented.
• While 1 in 7 U.S and 1 in 10 Canadian girls will not graduate high school, Girls Inc. girls are driven to succeed in their post-secondary futures, with 90% of Girls Inc. girls planning on going to college. Additionally, Girls Inc. teens are prepared-- 85% know what education or training they need for the career they want.
• Women are underrepresented in STEM fields of study, in fact, only 31% of all post-secondary STEM degrees are awarded to women, but Girls Inc. girls are prepared to close this gap-- 72% of Girls Inc. girls are curious to learn more about science, computers, or technology!
Girls Inc. girls are preparing to break the limiting barriers of poverty and lead their generation to a brighter future!
• While the cycle of poverty can prevent many low-income youth from becoming financially secure adults, Girls Inc. girls are prepared for economic independence: 96% of teens say it’s important to know how to manage your money.
• Developing leadership skills can often be challenging for girls, as stereotypes about leadership may shape girls’ expectations about what a leader looks like. A majority (64%) of Girls Inc. girls see their own leadership potential, agreeing that they are “good at leading others to reach goals.”