If you’re ever the parent or grandparent of a girl, recent research from the University of Essex in Eng-land may provide some surprising but important information: Girls are more willing to take risks, speak up, and take on leadership roles when in single-gender environments.
In the study, researchers found that when in all-girl groups, female students had a 7.5 percent boost in their average marks. Other studies support the finding that single-gender environments provide more op-portunities for girls to build confidence and have greater academic and life success, and that girls in sin-gle-gender environments are more likely to explore and pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.
At a time when 81 percent of American voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a na-tional priority, Girl Scouts of the USA—the preeminent leadership development organization for girls—offers girls even more opportunities to learn skills and empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. And as the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) releases new findings that confirm the outstanding leadership results that Girl Scouts exhibit compared to their non-Girl Scout peers, there has never been a better time to join.
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Participating in a single-gender group activity such as Girl Scouts can help girls develop key leadership skills they need to be successful in life. New GSRI research shows, compared to their peers, Girl Scouts are more likely to:
• Be leaders
• Have confidence in themselves and their abilities
• Act ethically and responsibly, and show concern for others
• Seek challenges and learn from setbacks
• Develop and maintain healthy relationships
• Identify and solve problems in their communities
• Take an active role in decision making
• Do better in school
For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls become their best selves. Today, it’s 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Inno-vator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world.