Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut (serving girls as Girls Inc. Greater Waterbury, Girls Inc. Fairfield County, Girls Inc. Litchfield County) is headquartered in the same building in Waterbury, Connecticut, that housed the very first Girls Inc. in the United States. Then known as “Girls Club of America,” the organization was established back in 1864 during the Industrial Revolution, in response to the needs of a new working class.
“The History of all times, and of today especially, teaches that…women will be forgotten if they forgot to think about themselves.” – Louise Otto
The Girls Inc. of of Western Connecticut movement served young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available jobs in textile mills and factories in the Waterbury Connecticut area.
Our organization provided activities for young working women as well as daughters of mill families who had no place to gather other than the city streets. As the movement spread across cities in New England and the rest of the country in the early 20th century, our programming focused on recreation and preparing girls for their future roles as wives and homemakers.
“For nearly 150 years, Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut has provided girls the freedom to express themselves, the space to dream, the tools to achieve and the ability to realize their greatness. It is my hope that the legacy of this organization continues to make a powerful difference in the lives of girls in Western Connecticut.” – Adrienne Parkmond, Esq. Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut Board of Trustees
Today, the organization operates with expanded sights and a greater and dedicated mission while seeking to give every girl involved in Girls Inc. programs the life skills she needs to achieve her dreams. We work with girls as young as 5 years old to age 18 to build self-esteem and empower them to take advantage of a world of opportunities available to them. We are focused on social empowerment, economic literacy, global awareness, attaining higher education, workforce and career development, and community leadership. Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut shares our national mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
To learn more about the story of Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut, please view our entry on Wikipedia.