About Girls Empowerment Network

Originally called The Ophelia Project, the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) was created in 1996 by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas. These mothers met after reading Reviving Ophelia, a book by Dr. Mary Pipher, to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls – a systematic decline and sometimes permanent loss of self-esteem, the outcome of which can be devastating: epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, self-mutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse.


Our Mission

GEN’s mission is to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood.


Our Values

In all our dealings with our stakeholders, GEN is dedicated to the following principals:

1.      Integrity—we do what we say.

2.      Inclusive—we welcome every voice.

3.      Innovative—we stay relevant.

4.      Initiative—we go above and beyond.

5.      Impact—what we do matters.

6.      Invested—we love what we do.