Alliance for Girls' Newsletter Update, Pioneers in STEM & More


January 6, 2015

In This Issue...

Note from the Director
Alliance for Girls Update
Member Spotlight
The World of Girls

  Discipline for Girls Differs
    by Race & Hue

  Pioneers in STEM
e Obama
        Spotlights the "Untold
History" of W
Stanford's Class of 1994
Berkeley High Students
Against Sexual Harassment

For Members 

Interested in featuring a blog post, sharing a story, or being the next Member Spotlight?

You can now submit content for future Alliance for Girls newsletters! Simply fill in this form, and we'll get back to you within a week about next steps.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Have any questions or comments? 

Contact Kailin Chou:


Alliance Events

Thursday, January 29
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2nd Women Executive Directors of Color Roundtable
Girls Inc. of Alameda County
510 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Community Events

Thursday, January 8
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Give Voice To Your Vision: Public Speaking, Influence and Inspiration
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Friday, January 9
6:00 PM
Tikkun Olam Dinner: Discussing Slavery in the Bay Area
Congregation Kol Emeth
4175 Manuela Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Monday, January 12
11:00 AM
5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign
San Francisco City Hall
Room 408
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Wednesday, February 11
5:00 - 7:00 PM
5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Closing Event
San Francisco Main Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Saturday, March 7
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Women in Tech Festival 2015
Location TBD
Silicon Valley, CA

Events for Girls

Saturday January 10
2 Shows at 11 AM & 1 PM
Sunday January 11
1 Show at 2:00 PM
Girl Talk: Teen Monologue Series
Thick House Theatre
1695 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Wednesday, February 4
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Women of Courage Panel
planned by the students of the Julia Morgan School for Girls
- Free to attend -
Mills College Student Union
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613

Saturday, March 21
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Girls to Women Margaret Geis Wright Wellness 5K Run/Walk - Save the Date!
Shoreline Park
Mountain View, CA 94043

We'd like to post more events that girls can attend. Please help us by submitting your events to


 Follow @AFGBA

 Like us on Facebook

Note from the Director

Dear Friends,

Happy new year! To launch the new year I would like to take a moment to celebrate our top 3 accomplishments of 2014:

  • Alliance for Girls (AFG) helped members maximize effectiveness! In this year’s membership survey 92% of members reported that AFG’s events or services have helped them more effectively meet their organizations’ mission and 100% reported enhanced leadership within their organization.

  • AFG successfully advocated for girls’ services to be prioritized for funding in San Francisco: AFG successfully advocated for “gender-responsive services,” as well as girls and LGBTQ youth, to be a goal of the San Francisco children’s amendment, a $50 million annual set aside for youth services. Passed as a part of Proposition C in the November, 2014 election, this bill will not sunset for another 26 years!

  • AFG has enabled more than a dozen collaborations that are cost-effective, sustainable and increasing impact for members, as well as expanding opportunities for girls!

These are just a few reasons why 2014 was such an inspiring year. Looking toward 2015, I know that we will continue to help members maximize impact through connection, leadership development and advocacy.

Thank you for making 2014 a success! We could not have done it without you.


Emma Mayerson
Director of Alliance for Girls

P.S. Members, please don't forget to show your Alliance for Girls pride by putting an AFG button on your website! To do so, click on the button below to open the full resolution of our logo, save it to your computer, and link it to Alliance for Girls' website:

Alternatively, you can copy and paste the following html code onto your website:

<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" width="216" height="83" /></a></p>

For additional help, contact Kailin at

Alliance for Girls Update

Member-Led & Member-Focused Newsletters

This year, we are modifying the format of our newsletter to give AFG members the opportunity to promote their work and share insights with their colleagues and other leaders in the community. With the help of the Research and Advocacy Committee, the newsletter will expand from being a platform for disseminating recent news, to a space for members to highlight their programs and contribute expertise.

Here are just a few reasons why you should contribute:

  • Tell your organization's story to our expanding readership of over 1,100 subscribers, including leaders from every major sector, such as:

    • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
    • Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz (President of the Charles Schwab Foundation)
    • Luz Vega-Marquis (President & CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation)
    • Linda Boessenecker (CEO of Girls Inc.)
    • and many more!
  • Promote your content expertise by sharing current and critical research in the field with your colleagues and community. 

  • Share your opinions, insights and best practices with fellow colleagues and help maximize impact for the girl-serving sector.

  • Promote an upcoming event and outreach to girls from other organizations

To allow members time to draft their posts and the Research & Advocacy Committee time to review them, the newsletter will also become quarterly rather than monthly.

To submit content for the April newsletter, please fill out this form by March 1st. Submissions are open to members only. 

Don't be the best kept secret in the girl-serving sector! Get the word out through Alliance for Girls' newsletter.

For questions and comments, please email Alliance for Girls' Program Associate, Kailin Chou, at

Member Spotlight: Julia Morgan School for Girls

Students of Julia Morgan School for Girls

On Wednesday, February 4th, Julia Morgan School for Girls (JMSG) will be hosting its second annual Women of Courage Panel in Honor of Rosa Parks, a free panel that is being organized by girls, for girls. JMSG is particularly excited to invite Alliance members to bring girls to this event.

Almost 30 JMSG students have been working on this year’s event, and together they have organized an impressive roster of speakers:

  • Jennifer Dulski, COO of
  • Renel Brooks Moon, SF Giants Announcer and Radio Host
  • Dana King, journalist and candidate for Oakland City Council during the November elections
  • Chanel Johnson, JMSG alumna, former White House Intern and now Apple Recruiter.

Students will ask panelists to share their thoughts on what courage means to them, and advice about how to make brave decisions.

The Women of Courage event started in 2013, when Sandra Luna, JMSG’s Head of School, brought in Daphne Muse, well-known civil rights activist, writer, and former professor of Mills College, to talk to the school’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students about Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. The discussion was so inspiring that the girls decided to honor the spirit of Parks by launching a speaker series of women from the community who have shown bravery and courage in their lives and careers.

Through this student-led experience, the girls began to see the possibilities open to them and the impact that each person can have on her community when given the opportunity.

“What we see time and time again is that girls are so capable,” says Luna. “Girls who grow up in a supportive, gender-responsive environment are more confident and become comfortable with raising their hands and advocating for their ideas and themselves.”

Collaborate with Julia Morgan School for Girls!

JMSG would like to invite Alliance members to bring their girls to this year's Women of Courage Panel (RSVP through the link).

JMSG has also collaborated with fellow Alliance member Equal Rights Advocates in the past to promote the research conducted by JMSG students, who calculated how much money they will lose in her lifetimes if the gender wage gap does not change. JMSG would like to continue working with organizations and proponents who advocate for equal rights and gender equality. 

The World of Girls

This section provides links to summaries of relevant current events and research from this past month.

Discipline for Girls Differs by Race & Hue

A few weeks ago, the New York Times featured an article on how discrepancies in schools' disciplinary actions towards girls depends not only on their race but on their skin tone. According to an analysis by Villanova University, black girls with the darkest skin tones were three times more likely to be suspended than black girls with the lightest skin. And compared with black boys, researchers have found that black girls are often penalized more subjectively (e.g., for having a bad attitude or being defiant). Read more insights in the full article, check out the Department of Education for Civil Rights’ report on school discipline, and read the Department’s recommendations on how schools can improve their disciplinary practices.

Pioneers in STEM

In an effort to encourage more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), women of the White House Administration are sharing stories of their personal heros across the field. They’ve highlighted women such as Katherine Johnson, an African-American space scientist and leader of America’s space history, and Ada Lovelace, considered by many to be the founder of scientific computing. Check out the inspiring stories from members of the Administration, contribute stories of your own, and share them with your girls!

In related news, Stanford’s graduating class of 1994, a class credited with being pioneers of the Internet age, convened at its tenth reunion in the fall. The New York Times followed the reunion and reveals a fascinating look at how the modern digital age affected the members of that class, arguing that instead of narrowing the gender gap, the technology industry created “vast new ones.” Follow the experiences of the alumni and alumnae both during their time at Stanford and after in the full article.

Berkeley High Students Against Sexual Harassment

In local news, a group of students from Berkeley High School have founded BHS Stop Harassing, making their voices heard through a common action to stop sexual harassment on campus while improving the school’s sexual harassment policy. The purpose of the campaign is to educate students and school staff about sexual harassment while changing the all-too-common cultural tendency to blame girls for the way they dress. Currently, the students are trying to raise $8,000 to produce shirts that say “stop blaming my body for your harassment,” which are being passed out to students for free along with educational information about harassment and bullying. Their overall goal is to raise awareness not only in their community but also in the nation about these cultural biases and about the importance of having a safe school environment for all students. Read the full article.

Did we miss something? Email

 Tweet    Share
Alliance for Girls
510 16th Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.629.9464 | Fax: 510.318.5399