Women of Courage Panel in Honor of Rosa Parks

Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service (GGLS) is a group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls who voluntarily meet before school one day a week. Not only do the girls prepare for this event, but, in addition, over the past few years, they have studied the gender disparity of wages in the U.S. and what they can do about it; the minimum wage and how almost two-thirds of all minimum wage workers are women, along with the resulting effects on their families and communities. They have also visited local government officials, including the Oakland Board of Supervisors and District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Last year after a successful inaugural Women of Courage Panel, the girls joined the Alameda County Food Bank volunteers and advocates against hunger to lobby government officials in Sacramento after learning how advocacy can effectuate legislative change.

Our honored guests this year are:
  • Ericka Huggins, Activist, Educator, and a Leader in the Black Panther Party
  • Julie McDonald, Engineering and Technical Operations Manager for Nimble Collective supporting women in animation, Film Producer
  • Kadijah Means, Activist, Member of the Black Liberation Movement, and Leader of the Black Lives Matter protests in Berkeley as a senior at Berkeley High in 2015, JMSG Alumna ('11)
  • Mimi Silbert, Activist, President, CEO and Founder of Delancey Street

Women of Courage in Honor of Rosa Parks

United State of Girls Rally & Summit

Inspired by the United State of Women Summit taking place at the White House in May, Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service (GGLS), a before-school class at Julia Morgan School for Girls (JMSG), is hosting a United State of Girls Rally & Summit on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We hope to have 100 middle and high school girls from public and private schools attend this special event. Our goal is to mobilize a national movement of teens 18 years and younger to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment and the girls attending will be those girls who are willing to take on a leadership position in getting the ERA passed.

We plan to create a short video by the end of the event that we can send to the White House! 

Remarkably, Gail Sheehy, feminist, best-selling author, and journalist will be giving the Keynote that morning. One of Ms. Sheehy's books, Passages, was named by the Library of Congress as one of the 100 most influential books of the 20th century. Also speaking will be Cynthia Foster from Equal Rights Advocates as well as Girl Leaders and Changemakers.


Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
@ Julia Morgan School for Girls

 Be Inspired by
Keynote Speaker
Feminist, Author, Journalist
Cynthia Foster
Equal Rights Advocates
Kadijah Means
Black Liberation Movement
Danielle West & Gaby Battle
Girl Leaders and Changemakers

Be a Leader in a National Movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Parent Education Series for JMSG Families

Parent Education Series features guest speakers that enhance parent education about developmental and educational issues, parenting, cognitive growth, brain research, and how it impacts JMSG curriculum and other topics relevant to middle school parents. Past speakers have included New York Times bestseller Peggy Orenstein and leading authority on child development and brain research and JMSG Advisory Board Member Dr. JoAnn Deak. 

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All-School Picnic

We invite our families to our 3rd Annual All-School Picnic on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The picnic takes place at school, and not only is the Art Show available for continued viewing, but the girls also share musical and dance performances with us outside. It's a great way to end the school year in a relaxed setting, as families and faculty and staff, along with their families, sit on the lawn enjoying the sun and celebrating the arts.

Julia Morgan School for Girls

5000 MacArthur Boulevard, PMB 9966 Oakland, CA 94613