Girl Scout Research Institute conducts cutting-edge research with respect to girls. They put out reports with their studies findings and results. Recently, they completed a report ranking girls by different metrics in all 50 states. The metrics were physical health and safety, economic well-being, education, emotional health, and extra-curricular activities. The composite rank for girls in Alabama is 30th.
In an effort to better understand this ranking, let's work through the individual metrics of this research. Girls in Alabama rated their physical health and safety 33rd in relation to the other 49 states. Their rating compared to others states on economic well-being was ranked 34rd out of 50. Sadly, their ranking on education was 40th. On extra-curricular activities, their ranking was 26th, and on emotional health, their ranking was 21st. This is how the research came to a composite rank of 30th out of the 50 states.
Burrowing down more into the data, 37 percent of girls 10 to 17 were overweight or obese. Roughly 8 percent have experienced neighborhood violence. Twenty-six (26) percent of school-age girls live in poverty in Alabama.
As we examine the education segment specifically, roughly 33 percent of 4th grade girls are proficient in reading and 19 percent are proficient in math. Only 45 percent of 3-4 -year-old girls are enrolled in pre-school. Women ages 18-24 enrolled in colleges at 46%, while the national average is at 48%. As an educator, I find these results troubling. We can do more. We can improve those outcomes.
As the Girl Scout Research Institute Report titled The State of Girls: Unfinished Business asserts, data is not destiny. Girl Scouts is aimed at providing the tools and skills for all girls to develop to their full potential. The work you do with girls strengthens how girls can reach their goals and improve their lives. Thank you for your work, hopefully this accentuates the need to continue and work to impact more girls through Girl Scouts. To learn more about this report and others, visit www.girlscouts.org/stateofgirls.