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Younger to lead Girl Scouts' panel discussion

Published 10:03 am, Monday, August 11, 2014
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Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, will be the emcee for Girl Scouts of Connecticut's State of Girls Speaker Series panel discussion at Fairfield University Wednesday, Sept. 10.

This 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.

Younger, who took office at the Ms. Foundation for Women June 16, is a former two-term board president of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She has been on the front lines of some of the most important battles for women's health, safety and economic security. She most recently served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

A speaker, advocate and activist, she has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to civil rights and 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."

The speaker series will focus on a report recently released by the Girl Scout Research Institute entitled "The State of Girls: Unfinished Business." While overall, there is good news for girls, about 30 percent 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.

"We are delighted that Teresa Younger will be a part of this important conversation," said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "She has advocated tirelessly for the rights of girls and women throughout the country. We're looking forward to hearing her thoughts on how we can help our girls change the world."

For information or to register, visit www.gsofct.org.