GIRL'S BILL OF RIGHTS

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GIRL'S BILL OF RIGHTS

Contributor

VICTORIA WATERMAN and DIANE MEYSTRE
Girls, Inc., Worcester

Description

“The Girl’s Bill of Rights” was introduced in 1940 at the annual meeting of the Worcester Girls Club.  The board of directors, including Mrs. Francis Dewey, Mrs. Winfred Whiting, Mrs. Ralph Gow and Mrs. George Booth, approved a list of nine rights intended to give “an American girl” the right “to wholesome companionship, constructive play, and group competition that she may acquire initiative, self-reliance, courage, good sportsmanship and self-control.” Her future was the “all-important job” of homemaking and motherhood. Incorporated in 1945 and headquartered in Worcester, the Girls Clubs of America was the forerunner of Girls Inc.. Today, Girls Inc. embraces a contemporary “Girls Bill of Rights” that empowers girls to accept themselves, express themselves, take risks and “prepare for interesting work.”

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Reference

GIRL'S BILL OF RIGHTS

Cite As

“GIRL'S BILL OF RIGHTS,” Worcester in 50, accessed November 17, 2018, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/22.

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