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Girl's guide to the future: Groups aim to send young women off in the right direction

Some parents say one of the most positive aspects of getting girls involved in such clubs is spending time with their daughters. At Girls Incorporated in Ballston Spa they offer a mother-daughter program that reaches out to 10-13-year-olds.

"At this age programs like this one give moms and daughters an excellent opportunity to spend time together," said Bordenave.

The numbers of girls enrolling is growing, and according to Girl Scouts Northeastern New York president Jean B. Rogers, in the Capital District there are 15,785 girls involved and 5,853 adult volunteers.

Parents can often learn about such groups through their schools or religious organizations.

The bottom line for these groups is the future is full of endless possibilities for girls today, and they want to offer young women a chance to explore, have the confidence to take risks and evolve.

SIDEBAR: Month highlights women through the ages

By ANN MARIE FRENCH, Contributing writer

Take some time today to acknowledge the women in your life. Valentine's Day has passed by, Mother's Day is around the corner, but this month " March " is dedicated to acknowledging and appreciating women's history.

So when you are done thanking the women you know for the impact they have had in your life, give some thought to the women who have come before them. Learn about them, celebrate them, and pass on the information you know to others.

"This is an important opportunity for the general public to recognize women's legacies and contributions," said Janell Hobson, an assistant professor of Women's Studies at the University at Albany.

"What does it mean to have to highlight it?" said Hobson. "Women's History Month brings recognition and highlights what has been done, but it also recognizes and highlights our marginalization."

The creation of the monthlong observance of women's history began in 1980 with the foundation of the National Women's History Project. According to the organization's Web site, www.nwhp.org, the foundation began when five southern California women noticed that mention of women's contributions through history was conspicuously absent from school textbooks, with less than 3 percent of the material devoted to women.

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