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Simmons & Girl Scouts Join Forces to Focus on Girls

December 15, 2014

During the November conference “Dreaming Big: Making the Case for Girls,” Simmons College and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts co-hosted an important discussion with activists, funders, policymakers, educators, and girl-serving organizations to improve the lives and futures of girls.

More than 100 girl-serving advocates attended the conference to hear keynote speakers Patricia A. Parcellin, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large; and Tuti B. Scott, President and Founder of Imagine Philanthropy.

“It’s not a job; it’s my life’s work– a ministry,” said Councilor Pressley on advocating for girls’ success.

Panel discussions focused on education, funding, and support for girls. The day-long event also featured speakers from girl-serving organizations, such as Girls’ LEAP, Investing in Girls Alliance, Science Club for Girls, and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

This is the second conference in two years co-hosted by Simmons and Girl Scouts focusing on girls’ education and success. The two organizations came together in 2012 to conduct original research on middle school girls and career aspirations. The research resulted in a November 2012 conference with area girl-serving organizations, “Dreaming Big: What’s Gender Got to Do With It?”

“Many girls thinking about jobs think ‘doctor, lawyer,’” said Prema Bangera, Teen Voices Rising Coordinator for Write Boston, an all-girls writing and mentorship program. “The conference informed women about the varieties of jobs and all opportunities available to us. I enjoy that this conversation was able to happen.”

(TOP: Councilor Pressley during her talk on public policy. RIGHT: Keynote speakers Tuti B. Scott, Councilor Ayanna Pressley, and Patricia A. Parcellin. PHOTO CREDIT: Chanel Carrasquilla.)

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