Monday, June 11, 2012

Girls for Gender Equity Honors Anita Hill and Celebrates 10 Years of Service

NEW YORK - Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a Brooklyn, New York-based youth development organization promoting the physical, psychological, social and economic well-being of girls and women, is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a cocktail reception honoring Anita Hill on June 14, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

GGE is thrilled to honor Anita Hill for her work as a leader, visionary and author. In 1991, her courageous testimony during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings sparked a national conversation on sexual harassment and women’s equality in politics and the workplace. Author of Reimagining Equality and Speaking Truth to Power, Anita is the Advisor to the Provost as well as professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University.

“Ms. Hill’s testimony exposed the normalization of sexual harassment in the work place and the bureaucracy that too often forces victims to feel powerless and remain silent,” explained Joanne Smith, GGE’s Executive Director.

“The charge she led 10 years before GGE began allowed us to believe we could combat sexual harassment in schools under the auspices of Title IX of the Education Amendment. We stand on Professor Hill’s shoulders as we work to keep communities safe from gender-based violence and remove barriers that impede students’ academic achievement.”

GGE’s work to eliminate gender-based violence within school systems is based on Title IX, the civil rights law requiring that any educational establishment receiving funds from the national government provide equal opportunities to students, regardless of gender. Title IX covers the following ten key points: access to higher education, athletics, career education, education for pregnant and parenting students, employment, learning environment, math and science, sexual harassment, and standardized testing and technology. Its passage 40 years ago was a promising sign in the fight for girls’ and women’s rights, but poor enforcement has limited its effectiveness. Sexual harassment is one of the points of Title IX that is often overlooked and has become a key area of focus for GGE.

Since 2001, GGE has been a catalyst for change improving gender and race relations, and socio-economic conditions for our most vulnerable youth and communities of color. Through advocating for the uniform implementation of policy, developing the leadership skills of young people while directly serving their needs and providing educational trainings for schools, organizations, parents, politicians and others, GGE is committed to exposing and eliminating gender-based violence in communities. This anniversary celebration is an opportunity to personally thank Anita Hill for speaking up for so many women 20 years ago and celebrate GGE's victories over the past decade while acknowledging the achievement of young participants who continue to inspire today.

Proceeds from the fundraiser cocktail reception will go directly to support GGE’s ongoing work in education and community building. Join them on June 14 to honor their 10 years of service and make an investment in the future of equality for girls and women of color. Visit for more information.

Source:  Press release/Photo: Brandeis University

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