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Girl Scouts of the USA Press Room
NEW YORK, NY (February 6, 2017)—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today released findings from The State of Girls, an omnibus report on the overall well-being of girls in the United States. Compiled and released by GSUSA’s Girl Scout Research Institute, this third edition of The State of Girls focuses on national- and state-level trends across key indicators affecting girls’ overall well-being. The findings suggest that, regardless of an increase in high school graduation rates, economic conditions affecting girls in the United States have not fully recovered from the Great Recession. These conditions are leading to increased emotional and physical distress among girls, with obesity, marijuana use, and low self-esteem on the rise.
“Increased poverty rates among girls affects everything from their physical and psychological well-being to their perceptions of what they can achieve and become as adults,” said Kathy Hannan, GSUSA’s national board president. “Girls living in low-income households experience more challenges on nearly all indicators of health and well-being compared to girls living in higher-income households. And girls falling behind is bad news for our country, because it means that America will inevitably fall behind, too.”
A closer look at The State of Girls data reveals the following:
Health and Well-Being: Girls are struggling with obesity, marijuana use, and emotional health.
Demographics: The face of the American girl is changing.
Economics: Poverty rates for girls have risen since 2007.
Education: More girls are graduating from high school.
States Where Girls Thrive*
States Where Girls Struggle*
*According to key indicator measurements, including poverty rates and emotional and physical well-being
The silver lining? Higher graduation rates mean girls want to learn, and they want opportunities. In areas of the country where girls are faring the best, The State of Girls found that Girl Scouts, which bolsters and reinforces academic achievement, also has a robust presence.
“Giving girls the opportunity to achieve—no matter what obstacles they face—is what Girl Scouts is all about, and increasing the number of women in leadership positions is not a women’s issue; it’s an issue that matters to anyone who cares about the future of our nation and our world,” said Ms. Hannan.
Knowing that girls in lower socioeconomic-status homes are primed to make up the bulk of American girls, Girl Scouts is helping bolster their educational achievement—and encouraging all Americans to take a more active role in girls’ welfare. To read more about The State of Girls, learn how Girl Scouts transforms today’s girls into tomorrow’s leaders, or help further that work by making a donation, visit www.girlscouts.org.
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