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Celebrating 10 Years

We’ve grown so much in 10 years! To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we’re planning a series of events and releases. We hope you’ll consider supporting us so that we can continue our work. 100% of our funding comes from foundations and gifts.

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Watch the 10th Anniversary Celebration

We hosted our virtual 10th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 to celebrate the joys of Black girlhood and our work to create a more just and equitable world for girls. Our 10th Anniversary Celebration was held in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts. We were also proud that the Georgetown University Racial Justice Institute was a co-sponsor of the event.

Marley Dias, our emcee, hosted the event, with a presentation from artist Scheherazade Tillet and a spoken word performance from the Initiative’s Youth Storyteller-in-Residence, Logan Green. During the evening, Marley facilitated a panel discussion on how art and research can center Black girls and protect their childhood featuring Scheherazade Tillet, Logan Green, and the Initiative’s Senior Scholar, Camille Quinn. We also had a performance from an all-girl high school step team, Taken By Surprise (T.B.S.), and Double Dutch demonstrations from Jump Kids Health!
 


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Beginning with a single grant awarded in 2011, our work has become deeply integrated into law, research, and policy across the country. It has helped shape research, law, and policy, making schools, hospitals, mental health care, and the juvenile justice system more supportive of the experiences, strengths, and needs of girls of color.

Our work has been relied on in legal challenges to race-based discipline and harassment, including a sentencing challenge in State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin and in instructions to lower courts by the Washington State Court of Appeals; cited by leaders from President Obama to Representatives Pelosi and Pressley; and cited in law review articles, peer-reviewed publications, and local, national, and international news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR Weekend Edition, and BBC North America.

We’re grateful for the support we have received over the past ten years from our friends, partners, and supporters, that has allowed us to pursue race and gender equity for low-income girls and girls of color.

The Initiative Through the Years: Highlights from our Decade of Working for Girls and Gender-Expansive Youth

Previous Year

Briefing at US Capitol to Release report “Improving the Juvenile Justice System for Girls: Lessons from the States”

2011-12

Conference: Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice for Disconnected Girls

Co-Hosted Event: Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy Symposium on
Marginalized Girls -and- Marginalized Girls Symposium issue of journal released

2013

Release of Blueprint: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Domestic Sex Trafficking of Girls report

2014

Hosted Event Launching DC Chapter of Black Girls Code

Release of “Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline” Report

2015

Co-Hosted White House Event: “Trauma-Informed Schools and Girls of Color”

United State of Women conference featuring the Girls @ The Margin

2016

Release of Adultification Bias Report: Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

Release of “Gender & Trauma” report (Mindfulness and Yoga)

2017

Release of SRO Toolkit

Launch event: Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity

Release of “I am the Voice” art compilation

2018

Release of “Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias” report

Event: Adultification Bias at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

2019

Release of Fact Sheet: Financial Trauma

Release of Fact Sheet: School Discipline Disparities

2020

Event: Adultification Bias with 650 registrants/watchers

Release of “Building Foundations Of Health And Wellbeing In School: A Study of Restorative Justice and Girls of Color” Research Report

2021

Release of spoken word poem video by Logan Green

2022

Recognition of the Initiative as a leader in gender equity in an announcement by the Archewell Foundation, founded by Prince Harry & Meghan Markle.

Next Year

Our Funders

4 Girls Women Communities logo
Grantmakers for Girls of Color logo
Schott Foundation for Public Education logo
The Annie E. Casey Foundation logo
Archewell logo
Atlantic Philanthropies logo
MS. Foundation for Women logo
Novo Foundation
Open Society Foundations logo
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation logo
Tides logo
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