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The State of Girls

Read new Girl Scout study                 

The State of Girls: Unfinished Business is a groundbreaking report from the Girl Scout Research Institute that stakes out key issues and major trends affecting girls' leadership and healthy development in the U.S. today. A report of this magnitude and breadth focusing specifically on girls has never been conducted, making it a much-needed resource in the field.
Progress to be proud of: 

Girls are well educated.
• There are 130 women enrolled in college for every 100 men.

Girls are less likely to commit crimes than boys.
• Girls make up 30% of juvenile arrests. Boys make up 70%.

The teen birth rate is at its lowest recorded level.
• 95% of girls ages 15 to 17 have never been pregnant.

Many girls are physically active and participate in sports.
• 52% of high school girls play on at least one sports team.

Most girls are digitally connected.
• Nearly 9 in 10 girls ages 12 to 17 have Internet access. 

While there is promising news for girls in many areas, girls are being left behind, and not all girls are faring the same. In particular, black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls face significant challenges in making successful transitions to adulthood. However, we know that "data is not destiny" and Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring all girls reach their full potential.

Read the full report.

Posted: Dec 19, 2013

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