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Our Issues in the U.S.


The Hadassah Foundation focuses on leadership and self-esteem issues for adolescent girls because:

  • Girls face gender-related issues throughout their development, but many of these issues come into especially sharp relief during adolescence.
  • Girls require and deserve the awareness, attention, and commitment of a wide range of individuals and institutions to promote their healthy development.
  • Girls experience intense pressure, at ever younger ages, to be everything to everyone all of the time.
  • Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes; to prepare for interesting work and economic independence; to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success.
  • Girls’ issues traditionally are underrepresented in research and policy debates.
  • Research on girls often has focused on risks and negative trends, rather than exploring positive aspects of their lives.
  • The voices of girls are rarely heard in research reports or in discussion of policies that affect their lives.

  • Women Helping Women
  • Press Release
  • The Hadassah Foundation, partners with U.S., Israel Women's Foundations to promote gender equality

    Recent acts of illegal exclusion and discrimination against women in Israel have spurred an international movement and a unique collaboration of individual Jewish women's groups.

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