Girls Rock! Awards (GR!A)

How can you participate?

  • Attend! Click here to buy tickets. (Social hour starts at 5:30pm with the program beginning at 6:20)
  • Host! Want to join our host committee? Click here to sign up.
  • Sponsor! Does your company want to cause a ruckus with us? Check out these benefits and then click here to sign up.
  • Fundraise! Want to create your own fundraising page to support Hardy Girls? Share your page with friends and family via email and/or social media. You can support an active fundraising page or create your own here!

Background on the Awards

What are the Girls Rock! Awards?
Entirely hosted by our Girls Advisory Board, our Girls Rock! Awards recognizes 9- to 19-year-old girls making impacts in various issues, such as:  Health Promoter, Against the Odds Advocate, Title IX Champion, Community Organizer, STEM-gineer, and more! In addition to honoring these change-makers, we host an inspirational keynote speaker and invite community members from around the state to come listen, support, connect, and inspire one another.

Why do we hold the Girls Rock! Awards?
The event is inspiring and one of the best ways to share our work with the larger community. It both drives the funding for our programs and acts as a catalyst to keep us focused on our mission to amplify and celebrate girls.

Who attends the Girls Rock! Awards?
Statewide Nominees, 150+ Community Members

Where are the Girls Rock! Awards hosted?
Location varies. Please check out events page for event-specific details.

When do the Girls Rock! Awards happen?

How you can help.
To make this event as accessible as possible, we rely on donors and sponsors to supplement ticket costs. Please reach out for more information if you would like to learn more.

We also have a host committee. The Host Committee for the Girls Rock! Awards plays an important role in the success of the event. Most importantly, they act as ambassadors for HGHW by spreading the word about HGHW and encouraging their friends and family to attend GR!A. In addition, their financial contributions enable us to offer free tickets to girls who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to attend GR!A, and of course their donations are critical to achieving our fundraising goal for the event.

Purchase tickets for our 2020 Girls Rock! Awards here!

Hardy Girls Healthy Women takes girls* seriously through year-round, statewide programs that put the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us in standing with girls.

* self-identifying girls and gender expansive folks

Our 2020 Girls Rock! Awards Keynote Speaker is Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is a 21-years-old Harvard student on a leave of absence. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (, an organization she founded at the age of 16. PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States. Since 2014 they have addressed over 800,000 periods and registered over 500 campus chapters. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Most recently, Nadya has become the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. Most recently Nadya was named to InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the Worldlist, along with Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Nadya is a leading speaker about The Menstrual Movement, the power of Generation Z and youth activism, and overcoming adversity (and how she turned her experiences into a platform for advocacy).

As a quick preview, here’s a link to her recent MAKERS speech,  first TED talk about the Menstrual Movement, Stories of Women Summit speech on Jealousy, and speech from the Teen Vogue summit this past June where she introduced Cecile Richards.

Purchase tickets for our 2020 Girls Rock! Awards here!
New: Add a copy of Nadya’s book, Period Power, to your ticket order and your book will be waiting for you the night of the event! A limited number of books will also be available for attendees to purchase at the event.

One mother of an award winner wrote:

It was wonderful to be in a room filled with strong, intelligent, and empowered girls. For [my daughter], she was most excited about feeling so supported by caring people. [My husband] and I both felt a sense of relief and hope that  the next generation will be bold and relentless. Equally important, we were thrilled that both [our daughter] and our boys got to hear from and be with girls willing to work for change, equality and ultimately a better society. Needless to say, our whole family left the event feeling excited and impressed. [Our daughter] is already looking forward to participating in your programs once she is in the 4th grade!

Watch videos from past GR!A ceremonies here. Check out photos from 2018’s event here and here.

Does reading about these incredible girls make you think of a 9- to 19-year-old Maine girl you know? Though nominations for the 2020 awards closed on December 31st, we always love hearing about girls who are causing a ruckus in Maine! Let us know about them here.
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2019 GR!A sponsors