“Adults should pay attention to how much they don’t know!”
This quote from an 8th grade Hispanic/Latina girl is from a new comprehensive report out of Worcester, Massachusetts sums up the viewpoints many girls have about individual adults. Her quote also speaks to something bigger. We don't know enough about what is going on with girls on the macro level-- there are so little comprehensive reports looking at the needs of girls. We should pay attention and start commissioning/funding/demanding the research.
This report--From Gaps to Opportunities: Meeting the Needs of girls in the Worcester Area fills that gap. I just received this in my in box yesterday and I'm looking forward to digging deep. At first blush-- I know its going to be good. Prepared by Kathryn Wheeler (founding ED of the Girls Coalition of Greater Boston) the work is comprehensive and is sure to be girl centered. Jessica Greenstone, co-writer of the report emailed that although the report is focused on the Central Mass region, many of the issues facing these girls are salient for a broader population.
We need more reports like this to help make the case for girls' programs and girls' needs. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few like head-- Girls Inc NYC produced a local report and the National Council for Research on Women produced a report more national in scope (although not as comprehensive in stats)
Let me know if you know of other work where girls are interviewed and stats are compiled on the needs of girls.
Read the United Way report here