MOVEMENT BUILDER & CHANGEMAKER
“It’s TIME to AWAKE.
We are facing the greatest gender and power imbalance NOW.
And the impact is catastrophic – mass violence weaponizing fear.
The problem is power. The solution is empower…”
4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL) Founder, Jin In’s mission is to ignite the next generation of empowered women changemakers to transform the world. To do this successfully, she awakens the world of one shocking fact: 66 million more males than females on the planet. The greatest gender difference, at the root – and of all girls’ sufferings – is a toxic mindset that devalues and dehumanizes girls.
4GGL is a social change movement, revolutionizing this toxic mindset into a powerful new paradigm of empowered girls as a powerful force for change.
Jin knows the power of the mind. Diagnosed with a brain tumor that’s depleting her energy, she targets mind transformation and empowerment to restore power and heal our world’s girls and herself.
She speaks and lectures around the world, including at MIT, Columbia and Georgetown Universities, global platforms, as well as 1-on-1 interviews. She also writes and blogs at the intersection of politics, development, peace and security – showing girls’ empowerment as a powerful solution to poverty, global warming, war and terrorism.
Empowerment is fear transformed.
Jin’s expertise is women’s empowerment of a new generation – Millennials.
Seeking and finding no data on women’s empowerment, she has pioneered in research and data collection – conducting the first-ever women’s empowerment surveys. First, the groundbreaking Global Survey gathered voices from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, defining empowerment, culminating in Three Shocking Truths about Young Women’s Empowerment. Then, the Syrian Survey covering nearly 20 countries of refuge including US, UK and EU, showed Three Superpowers of Syrian Young Women’s Empowerment.
Now, to illuminate the inner power of all girls and young women, Jin’s goal is to collect data in every country, starting in the darkest societies, in order to galvanize powerful social change.
Jin’s passion and mission are interconnected to Herstory.
Born into a wealthy family in South Korea, her wealth and worth ended abruptly when her father died, when she was a baby. South Korea, then one of the poorest countries, had no rights or protection for girls. Fatherless baby girls had no value in society – easily discarded, sold or neglected to die.
However, this wasn’t Jin’s fate, and she has experienced powerful transformation. In her lifetime, her birth country rose from one of the poorest to the 11th largest world economy, leapfrogging North Korea which had larger GDP. And Jin is a committed global citizen, championing every girl. She attributes her empowerment journey to bold, wise women, starting with her mother who boldly emigrated across the globe to start a new life. Then, her childhood mentor in Texas taught her the most powerful force for change. Through service and action for social justice, Jin learned that she – an 8-year-old immigrant from a poor country, raised by a widow – can change the world.
Jin has worked with both Democratic and Republican Administrations, UN Agencies and 100s of grassroots organizations, championing over 10 million girls worldwide.
In the Bush Administration, she created the first federal health program for-girls, by-girls, receiving the 2001-2004 White House Award. She then led newly created Global Action at Girl Scouts USA, a premier leadership organization for 2.3 million American Girls, working with 10 million girls in 145 countries. She also co-chaired girls’ rights to health at the first-and-only UN Commission on the Status of Women for girls.
Jin’s studies include medicine, girls’ and women’s health, and global affairs at Trinity University, UC Berkeley, NYU and abroad. She is Challenger & Icon, 1 of 25 leaders and innovators pioneering social change named by Pearlfisher, a creative design company. She is also the youngest Spirit of Trinity University Alumni Awardee for extraordinary service to the global community. Jin is recognized in the film ONE and the book Around the World in 50 Voices, as global thought leader and changemaker.
Speaking and media inquiries: Info@4GGL.org
- International Day of the Girl, United States Institute of Peace (video)
- President Carter’s Human Rights Defenders Forum (video)
- Caux Forum, Initiatives of Change Switzerland (video)
- Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (video)
- Georgetown University (interview)
- Jin’s Huffington Post Blogs
- Jin’s Herstory