Inclusivity is a core value at Girls To The Moon, and we can always do better. Here’s our approach.
How GTTM Incorporates Diversity and Inclusion into our Mission
With a specific value of inclusivity, diversity and inclusion are a cornerstone of everything we do at Girls to the Moon.
Our mission is to guide girls to become their best selves, impact their communities, and create a more inclusive culture.
As we fulfill that mission, we work to be aware of everything from the content we put on our blog to the images we use in our emails to the designs of our T-shirt to the speakers at our events to the accessibility of our venues.
Girls at our events have heard what it’s like to be a black female entrepreneur, the emotions of living in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, how it feels to build a company after becoming paralyzed, and what it’s like to identify as fat in a country that’s obsessed with weight. Throughout every event, they hear the unifying message that what makes them different, makes them great.
A sampling of our events
Leadership and Speakers
We aim to curate the best and most inspiring lineup possible with every Girls to the Moon event, and we’re proud of the caliber of speakers we’ve brought to the stage. We’re also proud of our commitment to diversity and have only increased our focus since we started Girls to the Moon. All of our speakers identify as women, and throughout the span of all Girls to the Moon events, 23 of our 49 speakers have been women of color – a total of 47%.
2015: 30% women of color (8 of 27 speakers)
2016: 58% women of color (11 of 19 speakers)
2017 (so far): 80% women of color (4 of 5 speakers)
Beyond race/ethnicity and gender identity, we also look at other axes of identity including ability, sexual orientation, age, neurodiversity, veteran status and more. We want our girls to see the full spectrum of personhood on the stage at our events.
As founders, we are a trio of white, cisgender, typically able women, and we are very aware of the privilege inherent in this. We center ourselves as little as possible and we’re currently in the process of reaching out to build a diverse board of directors who can help us overcome our deficits here.
Our April 2017 “Good Trouble” panel was named in honor of Rep. John Lewis and featured (from left): Renata Soto, Nina Donovan, Freya West, Ashlee Ammon and Kerry Schrader.
Girls To The Moon in the community
One of Girls to the Moon’s biggest strengths is the incredible organizations we are privileged to partner with and place into the spotlight. Groups we’ve partnered with through event participation, giveaways or promotion include:
By the end of this quarter, we will fully realize our social enterprise mission by choosing 4 organizations to support with our profits, and diversity and inclusion will be high among the selection criteria.
Diversity in Event Planning
Girls to the Moon is dedicated to providing an inclusive, bullying-free, harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Diversity and inclusion are major elements of every event we plan from the beginning. Specific details we focus on include:
Scholarship tickets for any individuals who might find our ticket cost unattainable:
2016: 34% scholarship tickets
2015: 30% scholarship tickets
2017 goal: 40% scholarship tickets
Quiet spaces for neurodiverse individuals who many have sensory issues, or simply for introverts who need a minute alone
Gender neutral bathrooms for nonbinary or gender non-conforming individuals (or really, any reason!)
Inclusive goodies and giveaways: Representation matters, so the same diversity standards we apply to our event speakers follows through to the imagery and concepts on our T-shirts, stickers, postcards and other goodies.
A sampling of Girls to the Moon membership goodies: Pencils printed with our values of truth, inclusivity, fearlessness and more; and our set of phenomenal women notecards featuring Vera Rubin, Katherine Johnson and Frida Kahlo.
A code of conduct that ensures we have a specific and explicit blueprint in the event of any harassment or bullying incident
Accessibility information clearly posted for every event, and a focus on accessible venues and space
Meal accommodations for dietary restrictions
Inclusive vocabulary: We deliberately focus on girls and their caregivers (as opposed to mothers) because we know many different folks can be instrumental to a girls’ healthy journey: Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, dads, Scout leaders, Big Sisters, all are welcome.
From our 2016 Girls to the Moon campference for girls and their caregivers.
Courtney is CMO for Girls To The Moon and – in her day job – is Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the software company Buffer.
Support Girls To The Moon
Help us empower girls to be their best selves, impact their communities, and create a more inclusive culture by becoming a member of Girls To The Moon.
Your membership pays for programs and content that inspire girls. In addition, you’ll receive a box of locally-crafted goodies from our hometown of Nashville, Tenn. We have membership levels to fit every budget.