Teresa Younger to present 'The State of Girls: Unfinished Business'

Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, will act as emcee for Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s State of Girls Speaker Series panel discussion at Fairfield University on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Younger, who took office at the Ms. Foundation on June 16, is a former two-term board president of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

She most recently served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). A noted speaker, advocate, and activist, she has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, including in 2013: Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Education and Empowerment Honoree, and Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Breakfast Badge Award.

“I’m proud to be a part of this important discussion regarding the state of girls today,” Younger said. “As the research indicates, we all have unfinished business when it comes to the current and future state of our girls. It’s important to engage all local communities in ways in which we can provide girls the support they need while building their courage and confidence.”

'Unfinished Business'

The speaker series will focus on a report recently released by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) entitled “The State of Girls: Unfinished Business.”

The report said overall, there is good news for girls, about 30% of girls reported some sort of bullying or aggression from their peers.

A panel of experts will discuss this research as well as community solutions that can be implemented to help move the needle and finish the job for girls’ empowerment. In addition, newly-released data about the state of girls in Connecticut will be shared and discussed.

The public is welcome to the talk, but must register in advance. For more information, to submit questions or to register, visit gsofct.org/pages/SpeakerSeries.php.

The speakers series is the fourth in a series of discussions across the state sponsored by First Niagara Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable foundation funded by First Niagara Bank.