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Our work is important now more than ever. Here's some research on the well being of girls and the impact of empowerment.
"Yet as we celebrate the progress made, the data show us that we have more work to do. Gender and racial inequality continues to render women the state’s poorest, reinforce systemic violence against women and girls, produce substandard health outcomes, and deny women leadership opportunities across all sectors."
Research & writing by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.
"With this study, we reaffirm that teens who play sports not only do better in school, but also are more likely to have high self-esteem, stronger relationships and improved physical health. The data reveals this is especially true for teen girls who participate in two or more sports. The data shows that, while all sports have benefits, some sports generate more positive impacts than others. The report findings identify the unique benefits and opportunities for improvement that exist within each sport to maximize the health benefits for teens."
"The gender gap in computing is getting worse and has severe implications for the U.S. economy. New research by Accenture and Girls Who Code shows that the share of women in computing jobs is in decline and suggests that universal access to computing in schools will not address the gender gap. Only by tailoring courses to girls’ specific needs can we boost their commitment to computing."
Women in the Workplace 2017 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. This research is part of a long-term partnership between McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org to give organizations the information they need to promote women’s leadership and foster gender equality.
"The State of Girls is a first-of-its-kind research report by the Girl Scout Research Institute that focuses on girls' health and well-being in the United States. The most recent data shows that economic conditions affecting girls in the United States have not recovered from the Great Recession that began in late 2007."
"Through this research report, we raise awareness about the road ahead to energize the momentum toward policy changes that move us closer to gender equality."
Research & writing by the University of MN Humphrey School's Center on Women & Public Policy in partnership with the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.
"Data shows girls around the world lag behind boys in math and science, but confidence is a key factor. 'The strong relationship among self-beliefs, gender and performance in mathematics and science hints that countries may be unable to develop a sufficient number of individuals with strong mathematics and science skills partly because of girls’ lack of confidence in their abilities,' the study's authors found."
"A new study found that young U.S. girls are less likely than boys to believe their own gender is the most brilliant. While all 5-year-olds tended to believe that members of their own gender were geniuses, by age 6 that preference had diminished for girls — a difference the researchers attributed to the influence of gender stereotypes."
"Girls participate across wide continuums of physical activity opportunities. Currently three important trends in girls’ participation patterns within physical activity are evident."
An evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach created by the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports.
On the Road to Equality: Statewide Findings & Policy Recommendations is a supplement to the 2014 Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota, a research report by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in partnership with the Center on Women & Public Policy (University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs).
"A pre-teen girl is at a unique moment in her life. The spark that is her potential grows more intense, yet she'll have to fight against gender norms that threaten to diminish it. Those expectations might convince her to sacrifice ambition for popularity, or shame her for rejecting feminine beauty standards. There are countless ways she'll feel pressured to hide or change her authentic self."
"As we’ve worked, ever diligent, the men around us have continued to get promoted faster and be paid more. The statistics are well known: at the top, especially, women are nearly absent, and our numbers are barely increasing. Half a century since women first forced open the boardroom doors, our career trajectories still look very different from men’s."