Stephen and Angela Peters developed The Ladies' Club with the
goal of helping girls improve their confidence in a male-dominated
society. Like The Gentlemen's Club, The Ladies' Club focuses on
values, beliefs, strategies, and techniques that foster hope in
students. The facilitator's guide and materials provide all the
resources needed to implement a Ladies' Club. Clubs should complete
one module a week for a total of 26 weeks.
How We Can Help Girls
Consider the following points as you begin your Ladies' Club:
1. We need to "empower girls to be their own best friends."
Girls often look to others for self-fulfillment and self-validation.
It's essential that young woman begin to rely more readily on
their own sense of self by essentially being "their own best friends."
2. We need to "inspire [girls] to be proud of who they are."
In addition to urging girls to "be their own best friends," it is
crucial that we encourage them to be proud of who they are." In
the media today, proud women are typically those who are skinny
to the point of looking anorexic, have straight or loosely curled
hair, and are pale skinned. Regardless of one's physical attributes,
girls should be proud of themselves. Girls' self-confidence and
pride should be internally born, not dictated by the unrealistic
and ridiculous standards of the media.
3. We need to teach girls that "failure is not an option."
As has been well documented, students growing up and living in at-risk
environments are a great deal more likely to fall beneath the
radar and between cracks. Today's schools and the school-based
communities in which these girls learn need to stress that "failure
is not an option," that students themselves, with the assistance
of caring mentors and teachers, will take all possible strides
to succeed in the world.
4. We need to teach girls that "education is the only way to
true freedom for all children."
More than ever, a good education is the means to intellectual, financial,
and personal "freedom." Many students who have grown up without
role models who attended college and completed their education are
at risk of eschewing education for other options – options that
will not assist them in the long run. The Ladies' Club seeks to
remedy this risk by stressing the importance of education in both
word and deed.
5. We need to give girls the "confidence and knowledge" necessary
to thrive in a "male-dominated society."
Although women have made incredible strides in our society over
the last century, our culture is still male-dominated. Girls need
to be aware of this fact and need to know how to navigate the waters
of this culture and thrive within it.