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The Status of Girls in Wisconsin: IOU Sports continues to impact the community through social change.

As we move forward into the New Year, our involvement with the 2014 Status of Girls in Wisconsin report has impelled us to continue working on our STEM in Sports Program. 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is paramount for all students, but imperative for girls and minorities.  A background rich in STEM makes for flexible, logical minds, and increases the capacity for all youth to continue learning.

The “Status of Girls in Wisconsin” report provides information, without extensive interpretation, to serve as a catalyst for young women and girls and the agencies that serve them to voice their perspectives on the issues and challenges they face and work to develop the solutions, programming and resources needed to address these issues.

The report is still the most comprehensive consolidation of information about the issues facing girls in our state. Several universities and colleges nationwide have followed Alverno College’s lead in presenting data to improve the lives of girls.
Executive Summary - 2014 Status of Girls in Wisconsin Report (240kB PDF)
2014 Status of Girls in Wisconsin Report (5MB PDF)
The 2014 release is the third report on the status of girls in Wisconsin as part of Alverno’s continued commitment to raise awareness regarding issues and challenges that impact girls in our state.

The first report was released in 2007, with an update in 2010. The 2014 report focuses on girls (in most cases ages 10-19) across the state of Wisconsin. Data are drawn from various sources compiled and analyzed by the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls research team.

As a collaborative agency on the Status of Girls in Wisconsin, we would like to thank and acknowledge all of the partners and collaborative organizations in making this report happen.

The Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2014 Report was produced by:
Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls - Rhonda M. Ware, JD, Executive Director

In partnership with:
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast* - Christy L. Brown, JD, CEO

In collaboration with:
The Brewers Community Foundation - Cecelia Gore, MBA, Executive Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Vincent Lyles, President/CEO
Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee* - Margaret Henningsen, BA, Executive Director
Images of Us Sports - Bernell Hooker, BA, CEO
Wisconsin Women’s Council* - Christine Lidbury, MPA, Executive Director
AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee Branch - Mitzi Dearborn, PhD, Branch College Liaison
Pearls for Teen Girls, Inc. - Danae Davis, JD, CEO and President

Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson