March is National Women’s History Month — a time to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of women throughout the world who have blazed a trail so girls today can dream big, stand tall, and be proud.
However, headlines that populate our news and social media cycles may leave us wondering: “What can we do to raise, teach, and love girls to channel their inner ‘girl power’ throughout their lives?”
Gender stereotypes portray self-confidence as a male feature and these same traits are not usually emphasized for girls. Because of this, it’s not surprising that boys report higher self-esteem than girls. Furthermore, girls who exude confidence may be perceived as too dominant while boys would receive praise. It’s up to us to start bucking these gender stereotypes!