M. McLaughlin ’23 was recently appointed to the 2020-21 Executive Board of the Girl Up Boston Coalition. Founded by the UN Foundation in 2010 as an initiative to help support UN agencies that focus on adolescent girls, there are now more than 4,000 Girl Up clubs in all 50 states in the U.S. and 125 other countries.
McLaughlin is a member of Dana Hall’s Model United Nations program and this year’s head of the School’s Girl Up club. In her role on the Boston Coalition’s Executive Board, she will meet monthly with her fellow board members—a diverse group of young women living in the Boston-metro area—to plan and facilitate programs and initiatives for girls throughout the region. According to the UN Foundation, the aim of Girl Up is to encourage American girls to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds specific to issues facing women and girls for their counterparts in the developing world and their own communities.
Dana Hall’s Girl Up club was established in the fall of 2014, upon recommendation from students at Dana Hall’s sister school, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Since then, the club has engaged the Dana Hall community in conversations and fundraisers around the topics of domestic violence prevention, food and water insecurity, education disparities and period poverty, among others.
This is the first time that Dana Hall has had a student appointed to the Board. “I am so excited be the head of the Girl Up club at Dana Hall this year,” says McLaughlin. “As an all-girls school, we should be embracing feminism and learning how to overcome the challenges that face women in present day society, and I’m hopeful that Girl Up will accomplish this.”
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."