Girls Advisory Board (GAB)

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What is the G*rls Advisory Board (GAB)?

GAB members are young women and gender expansive youth from around the state in 9th-12th grades work with the Hardy G*rls Healthy Wom*n (HGHW) Board of Directors and staff to plan events, make sure programs cover what girls and gender expansive youth need and want, and work on creating a more positive and g*rl-friendly world for girls and gender expansive youth to grow in. GAB provides opportunities to gain leadership experience, engage in social action projects, and help keep the organization current on the challenges and triumphs of today’s g*rls.

GAB's Mission

We are a group of Maine high school g*rls, passionate about gender equity and social justice. We are inclusive of all races, classes, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and abilities. We create community conversations, listen to g*rls and give them (and ourselves) opportunities to find their voice, support each other, create change, and embrace uniqueness.

Who participates in GAB?

In the 2020-21 school year, there are 21 Maine high school g*rls participating in GAB.

Where does GAB meet?

We meet on the first Sunday of each month. During the 2021-22 school year, we will meet in a hybrid model alternating between in-person and virtual meetings. The in-person fall retreat is scheduled for the weekend of August 28 and 29. In-person meetings alternate between Waterville and Portland, and we organize carpools for every meeting. Outside of the meetings, GABbers spend about 5 hours a month on all things Hardy G*rls Healthy Wom*n, with the time commitment increasing around conferences in March and April.

When are applications to join GAB available?

Applications open annually in May! 2021 apps closed on June 15th. We hope you’ll consider joining us again next year!

Just Girls?

Gender is a social construct and for centuries it’s held onto a binary (boys & girls) system. HGHW does not believe in the binary, but knows the deep history of systemic sexism and transphobia has uniquely harmed self-identifying girls and gender expansive folks. This is who we work with. As consistently learning intersectional feminists, we welcome and celebrate folks across all identities, abilities, races, ethnicities, religions, economic statuses and sexual orientations.