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Century of Success

Girls Inc. celebrates 100 years of forging ‘strong, smart and bold’ future leaders

By Scott Shurtleff

Sun Correspondent

DRACUT — The short speech by Tracy Ingersoll on Thursday night was more than a commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Greater Lowell chapter of Girls Inc. It was a travel through time for the 250 people who attended.

Ingersoll is the organization’s executive director and inspirational leader. The Lowell affiliate that she chairs is one of the 82 strewn across North America. As women’s roles in society, and in the workforce, strengthened over the past century, so too has Girls Inc. evolved to both comply with and define the changes but also to have an impact.

“As WWI raged on, women organized on behalf of social reform,” she said. They fought for the right to vote and to work. “We continue our fight and we thank you all for being in our girls’ corner.” By building confidence in girls ages 5-18, empowered women materialize. There are currently 132 girls enrolled in that curriculum.

The reach of Girls Inc. continues to grow. Young ladies age out of the program then go on to be successful leaders, business managers and principal players in their community. Often giving back in some capacity to the organization. Many of those who have emerged from that nexus were in attendance.

One such alumna is Amy Werner, Lowell General Hospital’s

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More than a song and dance, members of the Girls Inc. dance troupe perform at the group's 100th anniversary ceremony Thursday night at Lenzi’s in Dracut. Front row, from left, are Alexia Anderson, Bella Anderson, Armani Seng and Aylani Alcataro. Back row, from left, are Jelicity Mercado, Kassi Baez, Jailyn Platt and Klarilys Njoroje.

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