Each month, those of us working with Hardy Girls Healthy Women want to share the talent and vision of some of our incredible staff, volunteers, students, and board members.
For our October spotlight, we were thrilled to hear from Molly Woodhouse – a member of HGHW’s Girls Advisory Board (GAB), and a board member. GAB is a program for 9 – 12 graders to work on their leadership skills, engage in social action projects, and keep the staff and the Board current on issues.
GAB’s mission: We are a group of Maine high school girls passionate about girls’ and women’s empowerment. We are inclusive of all races, classes, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and abilities. We create community conversations, listen to girls and give them (and ourselves) opportunities to find their voice, support each other, create change, and embrace uniqueness.
GAB’s biggest annual accomplishment is the design and execution of all of the keynote speeches and workshops at the Girls Rock! Conferences.
We asked Molly a bunch of questions; read on to hear what she has to say!
How did you get involved with Hardy Girls?
I applied after my sophomore year in high school. I was thrilled to be involved in such an amazing organization and was thankful to have this platform to use for activism.
What program are you involved in? What is your role? Can you explain it a bit?
I am on the Girls Advisory Board, which is a group of high school girls. We put on conferences for 4th-8th grade girls and put on workshops informing them about different topics. Last year I put on a workshop on how women are perceived in the media. This year I am putting on a workshop on activism and how young girls can bring activism back to their communities. I am also on the board of directors and relay information between the two groups.
What’s a typical day like for you?
During our GAB meetings, we all chat about life and plan for our conferences. We learn about new topics by talking to different speakers. During the board meetings we discuss more about the nonprofit as a whole, and always looking for ways to improve programs.
What’s one thing you love doing as part of HGHW?
I love putting on the conferences and seeing the difference that we are making in the lives of young girls. I am constantly inspired by their eagerness to learn, but also to have a fun time doing so.
What do you wish you’d known earlier or that someone had told you when you were a younger woman?
I wish someone told me to cause a ruckus at a younger age!!
You have a free day to yourself — what do you do?
I love exploring new places and being outdoors. I would most likely drive to a mountain and hike to the top. I would love to sing and dance in the forest of unknown mountains.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I love to write poetry!!
What are you happiest doing when you’re not in school or at work?
I am happiest when I am in nature with friends. I love watching the sunset from the beach and I love the feeling of accomplishment after hiking a new mountain! I also love to relax, as I have grown up, I have learned the importance of laying down under a comfy blanket and watching tv.
Favorite place in Maine?
My favorite place in Maine has to be Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth! It is so beautiful and a great place to have a picnic with friends!