Girlspring: Empower a girl and change the world

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:17 PM.

When Jane Comer attended Gloria Steinem's 75th birthday party, she was challenged to accomplish an “outrageous act.”

The following January, seven women gathered in Comer's living room to discuss gender equity and the power of women supporting women.

The support was overwhelming.

The women set out with an objective to provide a support system and mentoring program for girls and young women, and to set up a network for women and women's organizations at local and national levels.

The group wanted to make a difference. They wanted to ignite change, and they realized the key to empowering girls and young women was to begin at an early age.

That was in 2009.

Comer recruited a board of directors and with their help started the program for girls ages 9 to adult.

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