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