“Liz and Nina were going up against some of the most intractable and inflexible thinking that exists in our society—demanding that we profoundly rethink what girls need to truly engage in their education. They took that vision and created the infrastructure to make dynamic, mind-body, substantive, educationally sound schools. Not only did they have the vision, they had the ability to make that vision a reality.”
– ROSALIND WISEMAN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR, FOUNDER, CULTURES OF DIGNITY
“Imagine going to a school where everyone does circuits or yoga or runs every day, and not just the students, the teachers and administrators too. A school where there are movement breaks for the brain and body and kick-ass music as bells in between classes. Where girls learn and own responsible action through inquiry rather than rules demanded of them. GALS Inc. really is quite magical.”
– TUTI SCOTT, PRESIDENT, IMAGINE PHILANTHROPY
We believe empowering girls is not simply about their individual confidence and success, it also makes a better nation and world. At GALS Inc., we utilize a gender-based learning pedagogy in our schools, where girls can access their full potential, take risks, and love themselves while doing so. We encourage girls to challenge themselves intellectually, physically, and creatively. The GALS environment empowers girls to embrace the pursuit of self-development and growth.
The research is undeniable: The mind and the body are connected. GALS Inc. integrates academics and athletics in a healthy, competitive environment. Emphasis on movement all day, every day, seamlessly integrated into core academics, improves our students’ memory, attention, and cognition, allowing them to fulfill their potential as learners.
At GALS Inc., we believe in the research that demonstrates the positive impact that movement has on confidence and leadership. Participation in formal athletics is linked to improved body image, career success, and civic engagement. Being a member of a community steeped in movement emboldens girls to become leaders.
At GALS Inc., we believe in extraordinary lives. We equip our students with the tools they need to have a healthy, joyful existence. Research shows that students who participate in continuous and competitive movement are more likely to graduate high school, work in male-dominated industries, and earn higher salaries. At GALS Inc., all participants are directly connected to their individual power, flexibility, focus, and balance via a connected community of peers and teachers.
An active lifestyle is imperative for the health and well-being of all girls and women on every level. The lessons derived from physical activity are intellectual, social, relational, and purely physical. Movement lowers the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Only 4% of the top 100 grossing films of 2016 were directed by women.
96% of female executives played sports growing up.
Girls who attend girls’ schools overcome gender stereotypes.
Sports participants are 10% more likely to vote.
GALS is the idyllic manifestation of Title IX.
Exercise increases blood flow to the brain.
Diversity boosts creativity, reasoning, and social skills.
Gender discrimination costs the global economy up to $26 trillion annually.
In 2010, Liz Wolfson and Nina Safane opened their flagship school, GALS Denver. Nina currently leads GALS Denver Middle School, and Liz serves as the chief visionary officer of GALS Inc.