Podcast Episode 227: Why Confidence Tanks for Girls and Women

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 227 of The New Family Podcast, where we explore gender equality and how parents can help their daughters retain their confidence.

At least here at home, we see girls picking up academic awards on assembly days at schools and women out-graduating men from university. Yet, conversely, there’s still a wide wage gap and under representation of women in executive and other leadership roles.

It turns out that something critical happens to the confidence of girls and women as they pass through their teens and into early adulthood.

My guest for this episode is Caroline Riseboro, president and CEO of Plan International Canada, a non-profit org whose work on behalf of children’s rights and equality for girls is well known to most of us. Plan International Canada recently did a survey on confidence in girls and women, and the results are startling. We talk about what societal shifts need to happen to address gender equality and how parents can help prepare their daughters for some of what they will encounter in the world.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Plan International Canada website

Plan Canada’s International Women’s Day survey

Caroline’s Profile

Connecting with Caroline blog

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Parenting Advice

“A couple of things – one, you can be whatever you set your mind to, so don’t give up on your dreams. And then the other thing is, realizing though, that as you go out into the working world, or university, or college, you will find pressures and you will find that there are areas where maybe women haven’t been before. But I would really encourage young women — don’t feel like you have to change yourself. Instead, believe that you can have a positive impact on the system itself. The reality is that the world needs different leadership. We still have a many challenges that we need to overcome and so the only way we can do things differently is by having different people at the table.”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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