October 11th isn’t just a day… it’s a MOVEMENT!
Since 2012, October 11th has been established as International Day of the Girl. It started as a call to action for the 1.1 billion girls around the world who are …. Undervalued, under-served, under-educated and underestimated.
Without the dreams of a young girl, TCGi wouldn’t be where it is today, let alone be established.
Here are some statistics that show the importance of girls receiving an education, proper health care and safety…and here’s why we all should care…
We at TCGi take pride in in knowing that the future is female! Read our first collaborative blog and what the Day of the Girl means to us!
“Girls will undoubtedly play a growing and integral role in the future of our world – from political leadership, medical innovation, education, human rights, etc. It is vital that we take no shortcuts in equipping our girls today to become the leaders of tomorrow.
We can all contribute to this ideal individually, as each major uprising began with a single action. My way of ensuring the future of girls is by being vocal, outspoken and unapologetic about increasing their meaningful participation in computing and engineering. Technology can solve many of the world’s greatest problems; and I have witnessed girls creating new inventions to thwart/address bullying, human trafficking, hunger and disease. We need to ensure that ALL girls gain access to the power of technology, allowing them to tap into their hidden genius today and lead us into a better tomorrow.”
-Avis Yates Rivers, TCGi Founder and CEO
“As a minority female in the field of IT, I find it particularly urgent that people recognize the importance of more women being involved in and rising to power in the STEM fields. Without women being able to see others who look like them, and think like them, in fields that are mainly male-dominated, the current statistics are never going to change. Women have to be proactively empowered to go into the STEM fields and not be afraid that they will be dismissed and/or not taken seriously by their male peers and managers.
The tech culture in general is infamous for portraying programmers and others in IT or computer science as males, particularly white, which unfortunately makes it difficult for women to think they can be a part of this gender-based clique. There needs to be more well-known female role models in the STEM fields to inspire and motivate women to contribute their full potentials of greatness to these rapidly growing industries.”
-Sandhya Puliyampotta, Implementation Specialist
“The women in our family have always striven for success, with each generation reaching new heights. First, my mother, Margaret Essilfie, attended college, then went on to become the headmistress of one of the secondary school in Ghana. Following in her example, I went to college, and then returned to attain a graduate degree. Now, the third generation continues in the previous generations’ footsteps. My eldest daughter just completed her undergraduate degree and is off in China pursuing a graduate degree; and my youngest follows not far behind, beginning her college application process, hopeful for a bright and exciting future.”
-Margaretta Essilfie, Corporate Controller
“I received a degree in Applied Computer Science in 1984 – about the time when women becoming computer programmers was at its peak. It’s alarming that a decline in the number of girls entering into the STEM space followed, which is why I am glad one of my daughters has a proclivity for Math and is pursuing a degree in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics. When she enters the workforce, she will be using technology to bring visibility and insight to the volumes of data with which organizations are bombarded. I tell everyone with a daughter to encourage them to develop their math and/or programming skills and utilize them to pursue a degree in Big Data because the need is immense – we need to do whatever we can to steer young women down that path of abundant opportunity!”
-Karen Brooks, Sales Manager
“I grow up in the era that embodied the slogan, “We’ve come a long way baby”. We have and yet we have not. I know that I was being paid only 80% of what the male next to me was being paid and yet my student loans were the same. I made President’s club one year, the male next to me did not but he was being paid more. I know because the male next to me was my husband. Today I am the head The Edmund L Houston Foundation, a foundation that helps minority students at Rutgers Business School get a MBA degree. Overwhelmingly the students are young women preparing themselves to be the best in the business world. I hope that they will get their fair compensation based on performance and not on gender. I know that the country does not want to take the wage income hit that would result from equalizing the pay but maybe they could start with the new hires.”
-Denise Joyner West, VP of Marketing
“With every disaster that we read about each day, I find some comfort in knowing that Girls will step up and take on any challenges to help change the world for better not worse.”
-Elizabeth Shelton, Executive Assistant
“As much as I try to not have a personal bias regarding the subject of girls in this society, I’m afraid that I must acknowledge it. While I look at my 14-year-old daughter in wonderment as she grows, evolves, and learns more about the world, I am never lost on the fact of how important her contribution, and the contributions from her female friends her age, will be. It is so important to place a sense of self-worth, and value within them, and to let them know that they are really capable of doing anything that they set their mind to. There are so many different influences in society that would point to them and say, “you can’t do that”, or “you won’t succeed at that”… And I’m so glad that when I look into her eyes, and see her and envision her friends, that they actually believe that they can do anything that’s possible. It is so important for us to not only to continue to encourage them and fill them with a significant sense of self-worth, but also make sure that they spread that message that they have within themselves to other girls as well. That can only benefit us as a society in the near, and long-term.”
-Paul E. Ruffin, VP of Sales
“As the mother of two girls I am astonished at how little has changed since I was their age. While there are leadership and STEM programs available for girls we do not seem to be making much headway. We need more female role models, not only in STEM related fields but in business, finance and accounting which are still male dominated. I am personally involved with my local high school’s college and career resource center in order to aide this cause.”
-Kathleen DeAngelis, Director of Client Services
“I am thankful to always have powerful women raise me to be who I am today. More importantly, those women had access to education, and were/are able to continue to influence young girls and women to do the same. Imagine if we gave the access to give the 1.1 billion girls a safe environment and education through high school…we could change the world.
A little-known fact, girls’ education can positively effect climate change. If we want to truly save the world, let’s invest in girls!”
-Zomona O. Brown, Communication and Social Media Specialist
Here are some ways we all can help…not just today, but continuously!
Spearheaded by the courageous 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousefzai, Malala.org is dedicated to the safety, education and well-being of girls around the world. Not only are donations needed, but it also gives people and communities the opportunity to start their own fundraisers locally.
UNICEF has proven impactful for many different causes, many of them include girl and women related issues. From genital mutilation, to trafficking and education, UNICEF continues to make their mark.
Alternatives for Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women from violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation and helps them explore and access the support and resources necessary to be safe.
WorldVision.org has multiple campaigns dedicated toward the betterment of girls around the world. You can donate towards a sewing machine; spurring an economic trade, towards girl’s safety, education, etc
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE! LET’S ALL DO OUR PART TO ENSURE OUR WORLD ACKNOWLEDGES IT!