I recently came across this Ted Talk from two years ago delivered by Reshma Saujani. She highlights the confidence level difference between young boys and girls and the importance of risk taking.
When people ask why we need feminism in the 21st century, this is one of the reasons. Women are capable, but we do not always believe that we are. I find this especially true with young black and brown girls. We’ve been conditioned from an early age that success is not in our future, that we should stay in certain fields, that we are only care takers and nurturers, not engineers and scientists. We should give up. We shouldn’t be so aggressive.
I think about how many classes I didn’t take in college because I was scared. Or all the jobs I haven’t applied for because I didn’t feel qualified, when I probably was more qualified than the male applicants. We have to teach girls to be brave from an early age. We are missing out on an ocean of potential changemakers and innovators.
Watch the video and let me know what you think.