The CAG Update

CAG Update: November 2020


Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking with current and prospective 8th grade families during an event hosted by our fabulous Admissions team. Talking about the ways in which the Center for the Advancement of Girls impacts the student experience at Agnes Irwin always leaves me energized and excited for the future! I was joined by a current student, Pepper Green '22, who spoke beautifully about how she specifically has benefited from the Center’s programming. As she talked, I sat in awe of how well she was able to articulate the benefits she has reaped from the Center’s work.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am grateful to work in a school that enables students to empower their voice, discover their purpose, and find meaningful ways to contribute to our vibrant community of learners. 


Alison B. Monzo
Director of Programs, Center for the Advancement of Girls



Initiative Spotlights

Lisa Damour, Ph.D. Virtual Engagement

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association for her work on stress and anxiety, Dr. Damour is the author of two New York Times best selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

She writes, “Unfortunately, anxiety, like stress, has gotten a bad rap. Somewhere along the line we got the idea that emotional discomfort is always a bad thing.”

The Center for the Advancement of Girls invites you to register and join us on Wednesday December 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as we unpack this message, learn more about the psychological science behind managing stress and anxiety, and discover ways to support our girls during times of heightened uncertainty as well as everyday conditions. 

Dr. Damour will also present assemblies to students in all three divisions and facilitate an all-staff professional development session in the afternoon. You can find more resources related to her work below. We look forward to seeing you log in to the webinar and discussion next month!

Beyond the Bell Tours in US History Honors

The Center was glad to sponsor and welcome Rebecca Fischer from Beyond the Bell Tours as a guest in Katherine Nickol’s US History Honors class. Rebecca facilitated a workshop for students about colonial women, change makers, women in medicine and more pioneers in Philadelphia. Central to the conversation was recognizing how very few women are memorialized through statues, plaques or other markers throughout the city.