About Girls Empowerment Network
Originally called The Ophelia Project, the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) was created in 1996 by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas. These mothers met after reading Reviving Ophelia, a book by Dr. Mary Pipher, to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls – a systematic decline and sometimes permanent loss of self-esteem, the outcome of which can be devastating: epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, self-mutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse.
GEN’s mission is to ignite power in girls by teaching them skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable.
We envision a world where all girls believe in their power.
In all our dealings with our stakeholders, GEN is dedicated to the following principles:
1. Integrity—we do what we say.
2. Inclusive—we welcome every voice.
3. Innovative—we stay relevant.
4. Initiative—we go above and beyond.
5. Impact—what we do matters.
6. Invested—we love what we do.