10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY WITH PROFESSOR ANITA HILL
“What struck me was not only how smart these young women are but how well they are advocates for women. We need to talk to young people because they know things that we’ve forgotten or never learned. It is important to see the world through young women’s eyes.” –Anita Hill
Thursday, June 14, we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a sold out reception at the beautiful Brooklyn Historical Society honoring the work and dedication of Professor Anita Hill and our “Gender Justice Warriors“ What an inspiring night! Professor Anita Hill inspired the creation of Girls for Gender Equity to cultivate young women’s voices in advocating for equality. Joanne Smith, founder and Executive Director, explained, “Because of Professor Hill, we are able to testify to the Board of Education about sexual harassment and what’s happening in our schools.” Our incredible “Sisters In Strength” youth leaders interviewed Professor Hill about the impact of the Barclays Center on neighborhood safety, political engagement of young women, and speaking truth to power. Professor Hill reminded us all of a quote our hero, Shirley Chisholm: “I am, I was and I will always be a catalyst for change,” and encouraged the audience to keep asking questions and fighting for the things we believe in. We also recognized our “Gender Justice Warriors,” current and past staff members who were instrumental to the success of GGE during our first decade. These awesome women came from around the country to commemorate this milestone with us.
Girls for Gender Equity is truly grateful for the support of our Host Committee Members, Event Sponsors Board Members, Staff, and Friends who joined us to celebrate our past and also invested in an equitable future for girls and women everywhere! You can check out the online discussion about our anniversary celebration via Storify and can stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Thank you again and cheers to 10 more!
GGE 10 Year Anniversary June 14th Photo Slideshow from Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) on Vimeo.
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