Today, the world honors International Day of the Girl in recognition of girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. St. Mary Academy – Bay View marked International Day of the Girl with a series of events this week focused on this year's United Nations (UN) theme, "GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable."
Understanding the critical role women and girls play in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Bay View hosted Science Days at the Bay for girls in grades 7 and 8 from around Rhode Island and southern New England. These events, held earlier in the week, were free to attendees and empowered girls from around the community to imagine careers in STEM-related fields. Attendees of the events had the opportunity to use Bay View's state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, including our recently acquired Anatomage virtual dissection table.
On Wednesday, the Academy's Upper School students turned their focus to ending period poverty. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that 1 in 5 girls  miss school due to lack of sanitary products. Organized by the Peer Ministers, students raised over $1000 to provide period products for girls in need.
Today, the Academy's Bay View Players are excited to launch the sale of tickets to their upcoming performance of Radium Girls, a play by D. W. Gregory. This women-centered production follows the true story of the women workers of the U.S. radium-dial factories during World War I. The play shines a light on one of the greatest challenges for women and worker's rights of the twentieth century.
As an administrator at Bay View and an alumna of the Academy, I have the unique opportunity of being surrounded by many Bay View students who are—without question—"unscripted and unstoppable." They are standing with the Sisters of Mercy by raising their voices against injustice and challenging themselves to be well-educated, critical thinkers. On this International Day of the Girl, I celebrate them, their passion for social justice and their leadership.
Erin Hanna ’98 is the Director of Advancement. Families interested in learning more about St. Mary Academy – Bay View are invited to the All-Academy Open House & Expo on October 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Please join me by investing in the lives and the future of girls in whatever way you can—make a donation to the Bay View Fund to support young women here at Bay View, make a plan to join us for a showing of Radium Girls, or make a commitment to mentor a girl. Together, we will ensure this generation of girls will be a force for change.