Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) works intergenerationally, through a Black feminist lens, to achieve gender and racial justice by centering the leadership of Black girls and gender-expansive young people of color to reshape culture and policy through advocacy, youth-led programming, and shifting dominant narratives.
WHY BLACK GIRLS?
We center Black girls and gender-expansive youth because we understand that when we center the most marginalized among us, it benefits those around us.
While Black girls make up only 16% of all female-identified students, they make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. (Monique W. Morris, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, 2015.)
60% of Black girls will experience sexual violence before age 18. (Black Women’s Blueprint ND.)
Black girls and women with uteruses are three to four times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death than their white counterparts. (CDC, 2019)
“We might use our position at the bottom, however, to make a clear leap into revolutionary action"
– Combahee River Collective
We intentionally use the phrase “Black girls and gender-expansive Black youth.” Where brevity is required and for the purpose of GGE’s work, we use the phrase “Black girls” as an umbrella term to refer to our communities.
WE LOVE YOU, BLACK GIRLS.
We recognize Black girls’ joy, including their acts of resistance,
as an extraordinary asset. While Black girls continue to persevere
and demonstrate incredible brilliance despite deep structural violence
across the United States, we are committed to working alongside them
to dismantle these structures and make our country more equitable and just.