RESEARCH

Research and Advocacy Director Dr. Margaret McGladrey led feminist participatory evaluation efforts to understand the effects of participation in The Girl Project (TGP) on students and their communities.

Benefits of The Girl Project 

A comprehensive evaluation of TGP 2017 led by alumni found that after participating in TGP, students experience: 

  • lower level of body shame

  • lower level of self-consciousness about their appearances

  • high levels of self-confidence

  • increased ability to set boundaries in friendships, family relationships, and romantic relationships

  • increased leadership capabilities

  • enhanced writing and creative skills

  • increased ability to plan for their futures

  • relationships with role models and mentors who help them set professional and academic aspirations

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The PhDivas

A team of 8 alumni of the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 served as co-researchers who developed the research questions (i.e., what do we want to know about TGP?), determine the mixed-methods data they thought would best

answer their questions, and analyzed the data. The co-researchers, who dubbed themselves the PhDivas, included Erin Connors, Maya Creamer, Emma Draper, Rachael Prewitt, Maya Smith, Harper Sutton, Raiffa Syamil, and Olivia Tussey.