When Girls Get a Chance…
Findings from Status of Girls Illinois 2009 Report
In March 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. The purpose of this Council is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in all matters of public policy and to work to enhance, support and coordinate the efforts of existing programs for women and girls.
In keeping with this national goal, the Status of Girls in Illinois report asks: How are girls and young women in Illinois faring as they navigate their way through childhood and adolescence and eventually move into adulthood? The assumption framing this report is that if we can better understand the multiple needs of girls, along with strategies to meet those needs, we can inspire change so that we
are all moving in the same direction – forward.
Why a report on the Status of Girls?
We believe that it is critical for all Illinoisans to have up to date, accurate data about the state of girls’ physical, social, and psychological well-being. This information will allow providers, advocates and allies to better support girls and young women in their development. To provide a fuller picture of girls’ experiences, this report explores several interrelated domains – health, substance abuse, physical fitness, sexuality, violence, education and out-of-school time activities.
This is Your Status of Girls in Illinois Data!
This report utilizes existing statistical data and research to tell the story of how girls are faring in Illinois. A great deal of information about Illinois girls is scattered across many different and often difficult-to-find documents. A primary goal of this report is to centralize the information and to make it accessible, not only in print but also via the internet, to a variety of agencies, groups, institutions and individuals who have the needs and interests of Illinois’s girls in mind.
Along with all of this data, this report begins to tell the stories of organizations who are making a difference in the lives of young women around Illinois. Find out which organizations, profiled in the Status of Girls in Illinois report, are giving girls a chance to thrive.
Interested in a certain topic? Check out the detailed data tables on each topic. This data was compiled by our partners at the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola University Chicago.
Status of Girls In Illinois 2009 Project Funders
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our funders.