Seeing is believing.
Attention: We've got a problem with our girls.
A weird thing is happening with the way 11-year-old (and older) girls are raising their hands in class.
They're losing their self-esteem, and so they don't speak up as much.
How do we encourage girls to keep their hands held high? And to keep asking questions? And to keep dreaming? Maybe they just need to see that it's cool for them to do so. Maybe seeing really *IS* believing.
I mean, as a young girl, if you *never* see a woman as the CEO of a company, or a firefighter, or computer engineer — then how are you supposed to imagine yourself as one? It's possible, just not as likely. And true story: That unlikelihood will present its ugly head later on:
A 79% decrease in women majoring in computer science in the last 10+ years?
Ladies already are a minority in science/math fields, which makes the stat even worse!
But there's good news. A group of super-bright women are focusing on how we can better empower our girls, keep their hands raised in class, and keep them dreaming big and thinking about careers they may never have considered otherwise. They're helping to redefine what it means to be a role model in our society and how we think about our goals.
Role models matter, so let's put more ladies doing important stuff in front of our youngins! The video above is a good start. *Every* girl can benefit from it.
Future answer: Oh yeah, a ton of women have. You totally can too!