THE GIRLS’ INDEX is the first-ever, large-scale national survey designed to develop a deeper understanding of the thoughts, experiences, perceptions, beliefs, behaviors and attitudes of teen girls throughout the United States. While a plethora of research exists on the economic status, health trends, safety and crime victimization, drug use and risk-behavior of teens, there is little data that delves deeper into the lived experiences of girls and provides the opportunity for girls to share their thoughts and opinions related to a variety of relevant issues currently impacting their lives.
We wanted to understand more about the connections to successful outcomes for girls and the perceptions that girls have of their opportunities for their futures. What are the things girls want us to know about what it is like being a girl today and what do they want and need from the adults in their lives? What challenges do girls face in school and in relationships and how can we more effectively support their dreams and aspirations?
Together we are learning more about girls across the U.S.