She's the First


She's the First is an organization who fights gender inequality through education. They support girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school and trains students everywhere to be global citizens.  

At STF, it's not about getting her into school; it's about getting her to graduation and beyond. Along the way, they equip her with all the tools she'll need to be successful – both inside and outside of her classroom. STF Scholars may be good at math or biology, but they're also able to help translate a land deed for their parents or to lead a community project to fix a well. They're local leaders, and they're building all the skills they'll need to get jobs, support their families, and change their communities.


STF Scholars and STF Campus Chapter members are trained to take action on issues affecting women and girls in their own communities and beyond. The program is based on three pillars:

Leadership Development Students learn leadership through a high-touch mentorship program that stresses personal and professional development, on campus and after graduation.
Community Engagement Each campus leader rallies support on his or her campus, learns to build partnerships within local communities, and plans major advocacy and fundraising events.
Cultural Competency A guided global awareness program and peer-to-peer discussions enable chapter members to become responsible and informed global citizens.

Mariama Baw., a She's the First Scholar in Sierra Leone, poses in
her classroom. Mariama is a secondary student who will graduate
in 2019. (Photo by Kate Lord)


The Monthly Donor program, The Front Row, is for those who see supporting gender equality as more than a transactional donation—it's a long-term investment in a girl's education. Just as STF Scholars stand on the front lines of change in their communities, monthly donors are dedicated, committed, and most of all, make our work sustainable and possible.

MvdT Gold X She's the First
MvdT Gold is supporting The Front Row by donating monthly to bring a girl to school. 'In the future, we hope to bring more girls to school. That's the goal! 'I love the idea of women helping other women, I think this is the best and profound way to help equality and changing our community.' - Marlous van der Toorn