Girls Who Believe is an idea that grew out of Meredith Shaw’s song of the same name. The idea being that everyone has a dream for their life but not everyone has the encouragement around them to pursue it. Girls Who Believe wants to be that voice that says “you can do it”. No matter what your dream is or what you believe in, Girls Who Believe wants to work with girls to say “it’s possible”.
Founder, Meredith Shaw
Meredith Shaw is currently managing at least four careers. First, she’s a popular singer, songwriter and recording artist, with an album and series of EPs to her credit. Next, she’s a full-time DJ on Toronto’s boom 97.3 playing 70s 80s and 90s tunes. Then, too, she’s a design entrepreneur, running a card and gift company called muffymade. And she models.
That list doesn’t even count the considerable time she devoted to volunteering and to her inspirational sessions for young women, Girls Who Believe.
After graduating from Branksome Hall, Meredith went on to Queen’s University for a degree in music and theatre and emerged as an actor and singer. When Canadian producer Gordie Johnson heard her singing with a band, he invited her to tour in 2011 with his newly resurrected rock band, Big Sugar.
Johnson also produced her first album, Place Called Happy at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales studio in Austin, Texas. What followed was a three-song series of EPs, Trouble overseen by another top Canadian producer, Joel Plaskett and then Hardest Goodbye produced by John Angus MacDonald of The Trews. Her latest release is a country music single, Better Than This, hitting radio in the Fall of 2014 on the fist-rising label eOne Music.
As a model, she has worked for a variety of top clients including Hudson’s Bay and Penningtons; appeared regularly on national television and walked in Toronto’s first plus fastion show during Toronto Fashion Week 2013. She feels strongly that women should see a range of bodies in media.
Her commitment to women and girls took on a new life when her song, “Girls Who Believe”, was used for a key scene in TV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation. That brought a new set of young fans. She started playing at schools, and now she organizes Girls Who Believe Sessions and Fest, inspiring young women & girls and supporting the charity Girls Inc.
Charitable Partner, Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. Girls Inc. gives girls the right tools and support to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only environment, peers who share their drive and aspirations, and research-based programming. At Girls Inc., girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM. Informed by the experiences of girls and their families, Girls Inc. works with policymakers to advocate on key legislation and initiatives.