This Program Empowers the World's Girls by Bringing Health Classes to Their Town

“We’re arming girls and young women to make decisions for themselves.”

photo: Girls Health Ed

When Sarah Hillware was studying international affairs and global public health in 2012, she noticed that gender inequalities surged once girls reached puberty, and they never fully closed afterward.

She did case studies in Kenya, India, and in the United States, and the pattern remained the same everywhere. As she looked closer, she realized that these inequalities were often tied to whether schools had robust health programs that taught girls about how their bodies were changing as they transitioned into adults. Most of the time, such programs were nonexistent or severely limited and this absence, combined with prevailing cultural stigmas, squandered the potential of countless students.