According to the World Bank, girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is also about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school; complete all levels of education with the skills to effectively compete in the labor market; learn the socio-emotional and life skills necessary to navigate and adapt to a changing world; make decisions about their own lives; and contribute to their communities and the world.Girls’ education is a strategic development priority. Better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, marry at a later age, and enable better health care and education for their children, should they choose to become mothers. All these factors combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty.
As a pre-health student in the science field, girls’ education has always been a big passion of founder, Theresa Dickerson . In the summer of 2017, she started Project Girl Undefined as a way to get more girls excited about higher education, increase the amount of girls and women in academic fields where they lack representation, and fight gender inequality in the classroom. She wanted PGU to spark inspiration in young girls in a way that encourages their academic journeys to become a source of empowerment and self-definition.
Today, Project Girl Undefined is driven by a single goal; to empower girls through education. Through inspiring and serving girls both locally and internationally, PGU hopes to provide girls the resources and support to fulfill their academic dreams, combat gender inequality in the classroom, and increase the number of women in underrepresented academic fields.
Project Girl Undefined inspires, nurtures, and serves the next generation of leaders, doctors, musicians, lawyers, and everything in between, by helping them realize that they are undefined, unstoppable, equal, and empowered.