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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

It's good to be a girl in this world today. I like being a girl because I can speak for myself. I can stand up for myself. Being a girl makes me strong.



First Girls Club opens its doors in Waterbury, Connecticut.


A number of girls clubs are formed throughout the northeast.


Dora Dodge, Executive Director in Worcester, Massachusetts, calls the first regional conference, seven people attend from Worcester, Pittsfield, and Springfield, Massachusets.


Girls Clubs of America (now Girls Inc.) is founded by 19 Charter Girls Clubs on May 18, 1945 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Total assets of the fledgling organization are $72.64, and its headquarters is the guestroom of the founding president, Rachel Harris Johnson of Worcester.


First national award established: “Young Homemaker of the Year”


Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower agrees to become the first honorary chair. Each First Lady has since accepted this honorary position with the organization.


10th Anniversary of organization is celebrated at National Conference in Washington, DC.


Reader's Digest National Career Key Scholarship Awards established. The professional association of Girls Clubs of America is created to raise professional standards and ensure the professional growth of staff within the organization.


The first in a series of eight “Fit for Life” institutes prepares 576 instructors to teach fitness in their local Girls Incorporated affiliates.


The organization celebrates its 25th anniversary with the announcement of a $ 1 million grant from DeWitt Wallace, founding editor of Reader's Digest.


First national TV spot airs, giving the organization a boost of visibility.


Girls Incorporated is called upon to testify at congressional hearings on behalf of girls in juvenile justice and youth employment.


The office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents a three-year, $1 million project grant, the first step toward nationally developed programs. Donna Brace Ogilvie, a national board member since 1964, is named chair of the board.


The “Today's Girls, Tomorrow's Women” conference at Wingspread brings together eminent scholars, educators and leaders to explore girls' issues.


With generous grants from the Fleischman Foundation and Lilly Endowment, the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center opens its doors in Indianapolis, Indiana. The nation's largest research facility dedicated to girls' issues becomes the research foundation of Girls Incorporated programs.


The first “What Do We Know About Girls?” seminar is held in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Girls Incorporated adopts its first set of national policy statements.


Work begins on Operation Smart, a career- awareness and skills-development program in science, math and relevant technology, Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy, a four-part program to help girls, and young women avoid early pregnancy, and Sporting Chance, a national sports program for girls .


The organization celebrates its 40th anniversary with a National Conference theme: The 37 Cents Solution: Equalizing Girls' Options for Economic Autonomy. Action Agenda for Equalizing Girls' Options is published.


Going Places , a comprehensive overview of the organization's spirit and work, is published to articulate the philosophy, approach, and of Girls Incorporated programming.


Friendly Peersuasion, a substance-abuse prevention program for girls, is introduced.


Organization changes its name to Girls Incorporated. Collaboration begins with YWCA of the U.S.A. to deliver Girls Incorporated programs to girls at YWCAs.


U.S. Representative Pat Shroeder speaks at the release of “Truth, Trust and Technology,” a promising evaluation of the Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy program. National attention follows, establishing Girls Incorporated as an expert on teen pregnancy prevention.


Girls Incorporated Scholars Program is established.


“It's My Party,” a two-day conference for practitioners and policymakers on gender issues in substance-abuse prevention, is held.


Girls Incorporated establishes a training department.


Girls Incorporated celebrates its 50th anniversary as a national organization; Strong, Smart, and Bold for the 21st century.


First Los Angeles Luncheon held.


New York national offices move to new building on Wall Street.


Work begins on Girls Dig It, an Archeology Program for girls ages 12–14.


The National Council elects first male national board president -Francis X. Burnes III. Girls Inc. announced the appointment of Joyce M. Roché as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.