Girls as young as six years old believe that brilliance is a male trait, according research into gender stereotypes. WHAT!!!?? Say it isn’t so? Well according to this article in The Guardian featuring a study co-authored by an NYU professor “Already by this young age girls are discounting the evidence that is in front of their eyes and basing their ideas about who is really, really smart on other things,” Andrei Cimpian, Associate Professor of Psychology at NYU.
As mothers we need to fight against these gender stereotypes. We need to remind our girls that they are valuable and valued. Our girls need to be reminded of their ability to achieve anything they set their mind to and that nobody, no man, no woman, nobody should ever tell them otherwise. We need to help our girls rise up and feel the accomplishments of all the women that rose up before them to set the wheels in motion for their future success. We need to teach out girls that they can be their own heroes and they don’t need to wait on a man to solve their problems, that they can do their own math and figure it out.
No more walking in silence behind a boy leading the way, step up girls and tell the boys how it’s done!! It’s our time, it’s our girls future and it needs to start now.
Today, International Women’s Day will be recognized across the world. It’s important that we show our young girls strong female role models so they know they can achieve greatness too.
Whether we show our girls through books like:
Or we show our girls shows with strong female characters like:
So whether you are reading, watching or just talking; be sure to remind your girls that they were made to STAND OUT and NOT FIT IN!!!!!!