Citing a lack of positive role models for young girls, George Mason University students and alumni stepped up to inspire hundreds of middle and high school students in the first Virginia Girls Summit on Nov. 15.
More than 220 girls from seventh through 12th grade—and about 100 parents—from Fairfax and Loudoun Co., Va., western Maryland and North Carolina attended the event at the Johnson Center on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus.
“This is the first organically created summit designed by girls for girls,” says Mason communication alumna Patsy Mangas. The former television documentary producer and mother of two girls and two boys saw a dire need to empower the next generation with confidence and self-esteem. “We wanted to teach young women that they’re enough just the way they are.”