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.
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Related Episode: The Modern Family’s Guide to Feminism Part 1 — Raising Our Boys to be Feminists
“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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