In January 2019, a record number of women—of diverse races and religions—entered the halls of U.S. Congress. We congratulate these empowered women who will likely bring women’s issues to the foreground and into better focus. Women’s empowerment may seem like a new phenomenon, but in reality, at least in America, the seeds of this movement were planted as far back as 1864. Girls Inc., originally known as Girls Clubs of America, formed to serve girls and young women who were...

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