Friday, March 23, 2012

Anna Maria Chávez: "Hispanic Girls are Ready to Lead, But are We Ready to Support Them?"

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, and Nina Vaca, Chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce co-author an article for the Huffington Post titled Hispanic Girls are Ready to Lead, But are We Ready to Support Them?

The article states that "there are more than 5.7 million Hispanic girls between the ages of 5 and 17 in the United States, and it's staggering to think what they might achieve -- the innovations they might develop, the products they might create and the breakthroughs they might make in myriad fields.

Some indicators show they are primed to do just that. Research conducted by Girl Scouts, for example, shows that Hispanic girls, as well as African-American girls, have among the highest levels of self-confidence and aspirations for leadership; in fact, 70 percent of Hispanic girls say they view themselves as leaders."

Last year the Girl Scout Research Institute released “The Resilience Factor: A Key to Leadership in African American and Hispanic Girls”. The study found that African American and Hispanic girls aspired to leadership more than Caucasian girls and had more frequent and more positive leadership experiences.

Many of the social and cultural challenges facing African American and Hispanic girls – racism, inequity, and injustice – are the very factors that increase their resilience and capacity for leadership. Many Hispanic and African American girls overcome difficulties and excel. Girl Scouts’ research identified three main factors that affect Latina girls’ resilience - the girl herself, her family, and the community that provides her support. To join Girl Scouts in helping to ensure that all girls have equal access to leadership development, visit and in Spanish, Juntos Por Ella.

Read Hispanic Girls are Ready to Lead, But are We Ready to Support Them? in its entirety here.