What's behind the name?

Around the time the developers of the program were looking for a name to capture the essence of the program, Laura Sessions Stepp of the Washington Post wrote an article describing a type of girl she called the “Gamma” girl.  This brand of girl, she observed, was increasing in number and providing an alternative to the classic “Alpha” girl—the girl that everyone wants to be, however rude or mean she might be to maintain her position of power.  Likewise, this new brand of girl stood apart from the “Beta” girl—the girl who is often smarter, nicer, and more talented than the Alpha girl, but who spends much of her time striving to become the Alpha. 

Laura Sessions Stepp and subsequent writers found that “Gamma girls” are intelligent, informed, and empowered.  They have supportive adult figures in their lives, and they are involved in their churches.  They have been given a chance to form friendships outside of the social circles of their schools and are thus aware that being “on top” is not of greatest consequence.  All of these factors contribute to their unusual self-confidence. 

In this way, Gamma girls are not just the lucky ones who are “born” with confidence and the right skills for success; rather, they are developed through mentorship and an awareness of their own unique qualities and strengths.   

Because our program’s goal was to enable everyday girls to succeed in extraordinary ways, it seemed fitting to name it after girls who were doing just that. 

And so, Gammagirls was born! 

[To download Stepp’s article, please click on http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A55070-2002Feb22&notFound=true http://ctlibrary.com/8813.]