Originally called The Ophelia Project, the Girls Empowerment Network was created in 1996 by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas. These mothers met after reading Reviving Ophelia, a book by Dr. Mary Pipher, to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls – a systematic decline and sometimes permanent loss of self-esteem, the outcome of which can be devastating: epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, self-mutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse.
They envision a world where all girls believe in their power.
They ignite the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable.
The Girls Empowerment Network Way
These values guide how they live every day to support their mission and vision.
This is what it means to be part of the Girls Empowerment Network team.