Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Girl Ambassadors!

Follow this year’s program on Facebook and Twitter with #GirlAmbassadors.

Our 2014-2015 Girl Ambassadors outside of the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC


Drawing on the life and legacy of Matilda Joslyn Gage, the Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights program empowers and inspires young women to become agents of change on the local, national, and global stage. Meetings, speakers, and activities delve into a wide range of topics including reproductive rights, human trafficking, women in media, the suffrage movement, feminism, and the complex relationship within various countries between religion, the economy, and the status of women – all from the the parlor of one of our nation’s most influential suffragists. Girl Ambassadors continues the nationally-recognized model we developed in 2012 with funding received from the State Department through the American Alliance of Museums. 2016-2017 will be the program’s fifth year.


Conference on modern feminism in Seneca Falls

Each Girl Ambassador has the opportunity to:

  • Meet other young women from across the county
  • Gain public speaking skills
  • Learn directly from experts and community leaders
  • Engage in safe, supportive dialogue
  • Personally interview a woman leader of her choice
  • Volunteer in support of an issue that matters to her


Applications are due by October 14th at midnight. Applicants will be notified of acceptance via email. Special consideration may be given to those who submit their applications early. We can accept up to three students per high school, and a total of 20 students. Twelve high schools were represented last year.

Want to learn more? You can:

The 2014-15 Girl Ambassadors at one of the NGOs they visited in DC, Plan International

Group photo after meeting with leadership at Plan International, USA

Tweet us at @MJGage_Center using hashtag #GirlAmbassadors

Visit the Gage Foundation’s YouTube page for interviews with last year’s Girl Ambassadors

Chat with a current Girl Ambassador by emailing

Contact us at or 315-637-9511


Click here to read about the program’s inception


Application here.

Promotional Letter here.

Promotional Flyer here.

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